Saturday, November 12, 2016
Iakob Nikoladze (1876–1951) was a Georgian sculptor and artist.
The Georgian National Museum, Iakob Nikoladze House Museum is dedicated to his works and was established after his death in his home-studio in his native town of Kutaisi. The museum houses sculptures, sketches, photo and documentary materials.
His first artistic training Nikoladze received at the Moscow Stroganov Art School and the painting school of Odessa. In 1899 he went to Paris, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts for some time studying as a student of Auguste Rodin. After returning to Georgia, he became a professor at the Tbilisi Art Academy during the 1920s.
Nikoladze designed the national flag of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921), which became the flag of Georgia again after Georgia's independence from 1991 to 2004. In 1939 he joined the Communist Party.
A large part of his work are portraits, including representations of Lenin and Stalin .
Nikoladses ashes were buried on the Pantheon on Mount Mtatsminda in Tbilisi.