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Night on Charyn. 1976 yr.
Rocky terrain at night. The picture is produced in monochrome colours. At the top of the picture is the dark blue sky and only the moonlight illuminates the bends of grey rocks, the shapes of which are rounded, thus the author shows that the night on Charyn is absolutely not evil towards us. 

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Antique Dinnerware. XX c.

The Oriental still life consists of four vessels and slivers of melon on a dish. The objects are located on the background of a coloured fabric with a pattern. A bright accent on the background of dark jugs is the yellow colour of melon lobules. 


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Khiva is Winter. 1975 yr.
The composition represents a complex labyrinthine space, which is constructed by laconic geometric architectural forms. At first glance, there is a feeling of deserted space, but the dark silhouette of a person just below the middle enlivens the picture. In the picturethere is an eastern city with a characteristic architecture. The work is made in sand-beige tones. 



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Vegetables. 1962 yr.
The still life consists of three cabbage heads, several beets, a bunch of green onions and a black bag stuck up arrogantly in the background. Vegetables are in the background of a brown table and a bluish wall. There is an effect of negligence because of the vegetables scattered on the table, as if they have just been brought and there was no time to clean them. 


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In the Yurt. XX c.
In this picture, there are three planned composition: in the foreground, two women in the Kazakh national clothes are having a leisurely conversation, holding tea bowls in their hands; on the second – an elderly woman and a young man also drink from tea bowls; a little further one can see the decoration of the yurt. The colour of the picture is complex: there are many shades of warm as well as cold colours. 


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Portrait of Kamshat Donenbaeva. 1976 yr.
The picture shows a young woman in the background of a wheat field. The woman is wearing working clothes: a red shirt, a black overall and a white kerchief. Hands are folded on the hips; the head is turned slightly to the right. Everything in the picture: bright colour, energetic pose, strong physique of the character, her smile and gay look – gives the picture a life-affirming force. The work is oainted in a realistic manner. 



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Ploughing. 1954 yr.
The horizon line divides the space of the picture into equal parts. In the upper part - the sky is entirely covered with greyish-white cumulus clouds, floating from right to left. In the lower part is the ploughed land, reddish furrows that as if rush to the horizon. At the place of contact of the planes, slightly to the right of the centre of the picture, there is a squat house. 


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Untouched Land. 1954 yr.

Panoramic landscape, produced from a low point. Most of the picture is occupied by the sky with white cumulus clouds. The horizontal solution of the composition creates a feeling of freshness, spaciousness, greatness of nature. The landscape is written in a realistic manner. 


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Lambing Barn at Pasturing. 1981 yr.

The main character of the picture is a woman riding a camel, going along the path to the right side of the picture. The colour of the picture is warm with a predominance of grey-brown shades. Due to the direction of the path from the upper left corner diagonally to the lower right, one can feel how slowly a camel moves deftly controlled by its mistress. 


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Morning in Sukhotinsk. XX-XXI cc.
Panoramic mountain landscape, produced from a low point. Painting is done in pastel colors, with a predominance of green and blue shades. Steppe relief turns into a mountainous one, and the sky, like a water surface, reflects all the colors of the autumn landscape. 


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Portrait of Dyusembek Aldanbekov, the Socialist Labour Hero. 1965 yr.
In the foreground there is an under bust full-face portrait of a man. The man stands against the background of a light green meadow after the rain; he is dressed in a raincoat, a light-coloured hat on his head. 

Aitymbai Moldabekov
Born 15. 05.1924, Akmolinsk (Astana at present) – 2001, Almaty. In 1952, he graduated from the Gofol Art College, he studied under supervision of A. Cherkassky, A. Bortnikov, N. Krutilnikov and L. Leontiev. Participated in exhibitions since 1950. Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1957. He lived and worked in Alma-Ata since 1948.

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Portrait of Chairman Dzhakupov. 1978 yr.
In the foreground portrait of a young girl in waist. Portrait of full face, girl's eyes are lowered down, arms crossed on chest. The girl stands on the background of a stylized landscape in a scarlet waistcoat over a white dress. The portrait is paintedin greenish-yellow tones. 




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Birzhan Sal. 1982 yr.
A close-up portrait of a Kazakh akyn with a dombra in his hands. It is possible to note the bright outfit of the character: a dark green camisole with a silver belt, a chapan with scarlet underside, thrown over his shoulders and a white scarf around his neck' a Kazakh national menswear is on his head – a borik with feathers. The background is dark blue. The man is holding the dombra, touching the strings; he is ready to enter the song poetic contest – aitys. 


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Portrait of the shepherd K. Nurmagambetov. 1965 yr.

In front of us there is a portrait-type in the full face of a male shepherd, located to the right of the middle of the composition. Colour is bright, lilac-beige. The picture is conventionally divided into three planes, a light-air perspective is well conveyed; the foreground is warmer, beige-yellow. The background is blurred and painted in grey lilac tones, the horizontal forms of the background and the vertical silhouette of the shepherd give dynamics to seemingly static work. The shepherd is dressed in a warm light green jersey; he has a warm brown hat with a fur hat on his head, a black scarf around his neck. It is worth paying attention to his look, you feel a strong, severe character of the hero through wrinkles, stitched eyebrows, grey beard and straight posture. Grey colour patches of plants resonate with the colour of the hills and the sky, which in general creates harmony in this work. In general, the work is in soft colours, due to which the author achieved concentration of attention on the character. 



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Portrait of an Old Man. 1965 yr.
In front of us is a half-length portrait of an elderly man in full-face. He wears a dark grey sweatshirt and pants. On his head he has a national Kazakh hat. The head of the old man is slightly bending to the right, his hands are lowered to his knees. Looking at the work, the viewer's attention rushes to the sorrowful glance of the elder. Even his position itself has not been chosen by chance, his grey beard seems to show his wisdom and a difficult life path. The artist makes the background in bright colours. On the wall we see a carpet with different patterns in the form of flowers. In general, the composition is static. 
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Bread. 1971 yr.

The composition, colour, spatial structure of the still life is subject to the harmonic combination of the depicted objects. The arrangement’s geometry, having a diagonal solution from the upper left corner downward to the right lower corner, creates a feeling of comfort. The soft colour contrast of white linen cloth and bread loaves with flat cakes, the bright accent of the teapot in contrast to the cold-green spot of the clay pitcher convey the atmosphere of the leisurely conversation of the village dinner. 


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Birth of a Melody. 1974 yr.

The still life is composed of traditional objects related to the Kazakh culture. The background is a steppe expanse with a silhouette of a mountain chain on the horizon. In the foreground there is a Kazakh national stringed musical instrument kobyz, lying on a coloured felt fabric, next to a female headdress saukele. 

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Horseherds. 1974 yr.

In front of us are the images of two male herdsmen in the steppe. They graze livestock in hot summer weather. In the foreground we see a young man standing full of strength. He has a white shirt, over which is a brown jacket, dark pants, and a skullcap on his head. In his right hand he holds a long stick to help him graze a herd of horses, his left arm is stretched out; he is showing something to a sitting elderly herdsman. The elderly herdsman listens attentively to the young man. The old man sits on the ground, wearing a long jacket and a skullcap on his head. In the background there is a hilly steppe, with grazing horses. Gradually the steppe extends to the horizon and merges with the blue sky and white clouds. 

Salihitdin Aitbaev
Born on 15.02.1938, Kyzyl Orda – September 28, 1994, Almaty. Honoured Art Worker of the Kazakh SSR. Laureate of the Leninist Komsomol of Kazakhstan Prize. In 1961, he graduated from the Gogol Art College; he studied under supervision of M. Kenbaev and U. Azhiev. Participated in exhibitions since 1961. Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1965. He lived and worked in Almaty since 1961.

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