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The work of the Armenian painter Hakob Hakobyan is a most important contribution to the artistic culture of Armenia. Hakobyan came to settle in his historical homeland, Armenia , from Egypt when he was already a mature painter- in 1962. Hakobyan's early creations are small-size oils: one -figure compositions in interiors and still lifes. His personages are social or occupational types- a tailor, a waiter, and so on. The static figures circumscribed by a space limited in depth, their mood pf constraint and isolation suggest a lonely, miserable existence. The democratic trend evident in the choice of subjects and characters, the sympathy for the "little man" were the hall-marks of Hakobyan's early pieces. The subject matter of the paintings done in the 1950s determines their stylistic idiom. The colour scheme is ascetic, nearly monochrome, the outlinesof the figures and the objectsin the interiors are dark,Hakobyan's coming to stay in Armenia was crucial>>>