Pictures of Anatoly Grigorian have always fascinated admirers by their singleness and ease, lyricism and artistic skill, contagious energy and vitality. Master of color "polyphony", he is also able to notice and render both the lyrical and ironic, and even grotesque. Life is a metaphor for him-where a distant, remote childhood is recalled to mind easier than recent events; it is a surrealistic reality n>bicb gives birth to an everyday existence. He pictures a carnival or a dramatic performance-this is what he considers true life and life itself is only a game. The artist, nevertheless, follows nature, looks for especially beautiful turns and foreshortening, exposes all values of color and texture, at times intensifying deliberately a decorative side of the depicted. A peculiar light-heartedness and joyful attitude towards life are also typical of his works. Rich colors, concord of subtle rhythm and contraposed tonal shades impart a sensually festive appearance to his landscape pictures. The artist renders nature with laconic generalization and aesthetically emphasized coloring. His pictures are vivified by the consistent change of different feelings and moods: pain and happiness, rejection of everyday routine and festivity. Breadth of artistic scope, unfeigned frankness and the unusual, original nature of his works, lightly win the spectators' favor.