Lado Gudiashvili was a graphic artist, theatre and film painter, People’s Artist of Georgia, professor, and one of the most important representatives of Georgian avant-garde art.
He was a teacher at the Tbilisi Academy of Arts for several years and actively worked as a painter, graphic artist, and sculptor. In 1946 Gudiashvili painted the walls of the Kashveti church in Tbilisi and in doing so was excluded from the Communist Party and was made redundant from the Tbilisi Academy of Arts. Gudiashvili created his own rich world of artistic images and his creations have gained international recognition.
The Khanate was a great and difficult performance which needed a lot of preparation. It included several ceremonies such as the dressing of the Khan, the raiding of towns and villages, a court, a fight between a king and a khan and the throwing of the defeated Khan into the river. This last act is reflected in this picture by Lado Gudiashvili. The clothing of a khan is quite strange, with some wearing the full-dress coat of a drunken captain. The Khan painted by Gudiashvili wears such a costume. The wooden sword is also a notable point and on the top of it should have been an apple, which was a very important detail in the show. In this picture the King is sitting on a camel, holding a sword and giving the order to throw the defeated Khan into the river Kura.