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February 27, 2018 17:33

Niko Pirosmani, a painter of dukhans and brewpubs

Niko Pirosmani, a painter of dukhans and brewpubs

Niko Pirosmani earned his living painting signboards for beer pubs and dukhans (small Caucasian taverns), but fate was cruel to him — a great artist died of hunger and cold after a non-alcohol policy had been enacted in Georgia.

Childhood and youth

Niko Pirosmani was born on May 5, 1862 in a small Georgian village of Mirzaani in a poor family. Young Niko was given into a service of a rich Tiflis family, where served until the age of 20. Pirosmani got his first pictorial skills from wandering artists who painted signboards for local shops and taverns.

After that Niko began an independent life in Tiflis, working as a conductor on the railway. Pirosmani's first artistic work was a portrait of the chief with his wife. However, the chief did not appreciate the talent of the young artist and Niko was fired.

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