Hovsep Karalian

Hovsep Karalyan sketches for Sergei Parajanov's masterpiece The Colour of Pomegranates
Hovsep Karalian sketches for Sergei Parajanov’s masterpiece Sayat Nova

Hovsep Karalian (1 Feb 1897, Tbilisi – 1981, Yerevan) — also spelled as Joseph Karalian, Iosif Karalian, Karalyan, Iosif Karalov, Каралов, Каралян, Հովսեփ Կարալյան, Կարալով — was an important Soviet Armenian painter, and one of the artists who worked with the legendary filmmaker Sergei Parajanov on his 1969 masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova). Karalian also appeared with Parajanov in the timeless 1969 documentary film The Color of Armenian Land by Mikhail Vartanov.