Google celebrates Ukraine's Kateryna Bilokur's 120th anniversary

Source : 112 Ukraine

A holiday doodle honors the memory of the prominent Ukrainian painter whose focus on flowers became instantly recognizable worldwide
08:47, 7 December 2020

Doodle Kateryna Bilokur's 120th anniversary

Google released a Doodle devoted to famous Ukrainian painter Kateryna Bilokur; her birthday is December 7, and it's her 120th anniversary.

"Today’s Doodle celebrates the 120th birthday of Ukrainian painter Kateryna Bilokur, a self-taught virtuoso who earned international renown for her detailed and vivid paintings, especially those featuring her signature focus on flowers. Through a courageous devotion to her craft, Bilokur overcame great adversity to earn recognition alongside the master artists of her time", reads the article at

Kateryna Bilokur was born in 1900 in the village of Bohdanivka (now Yahotyn district, Kyiv region, - 112 International). She was a child in a family of poor peasants. She was refused to enjoy primary education, and she worked at a farm all the time. That, however, did not stop her at painting pictures, which became her passion. Bilokur taught how to make brushes from natural raw materials, and the paint from vegetables and berries.

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When Bilokur was almost 40, she heard a song on the radio performed by Oksana Petrusenko. She sent her a letter, expressing her gratitude for the inspiration she gained, and applied one of her pictures. Petrusenko was so amazed she assisted Bilokur to continue her way to the first public exhibitions of her works. Within 20 years after that, unique pictures of the Ukrainian painter reached the international audience. Pablo Picasso spoke high of these paintings at the 1954 exhibition in Paris.

Google marked the Ukrainian artist's birthday, stating that Bilokur "proved it’s never too late to blossom into your potential".

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