Ariana Hovsepyan


The probability of stumbling upon a wealthy tourist was quite high: buying a salon, Byuzand signed a contract with the national tourist corporation “Switzerland Tourism”; there was a clause in the contract according to which tourist groups arriving in Geneva through this non-profit organization would certainly visit Diana’s salon. Tourists bought views of the majestic mountains with eternal snows and magnificent coniferous forests at the foot, made by the skillful hand of the artist. The salon displayed paintings depicting colossal glaciers, thundering waterfalls, fertile valleys irrigated by the purest rivers, and countless lakes. The paintings differed from each other only in size. On one of the walls, representatives of the fauna of the Swiss forests depicted on the canvas flaunted: roe deer, pheasants, wild boars, hares.

Diana painted her paintings from life, and Byuzand had to trade instead of her in the salon. By agreeing to fill in for his wife when she was away, Byuzand willy-nilly said goodbye to his long-cherished idea of ​​collecting vintage cars. Without having children, he diligently looked after the many cats, dogs and even two ponies that lived on the farm of Buzand and Diane in the vicinity of Geneva. A year after Buzand’s death, Diana married an elderly Frenchman, the owner of an apartment in one of the streets of Geneva, always busy and crowded with tourists, leading to the bridge over the Rhone. Having put on his shoulders the care of numerous living creatures, she herself spent day and day in the salon.

When the eldest son Fadeya arrived in Geneva in 1993 on official business, he visited Diana’s salon, met her and her new husband. He did not see everything that he had heard from his father. On the walls hung still lifes with various, and the most bizarre forms, flower bouquets in vases. Diana explained the change in tastes and style by her age, which did not allow her to go out into nature and paint from life, and gave one of the paintings to her great-nephew. As for Fadey and his new wife, Diana conveyed her warmest greetings to them and limited herself to that. She died in 1995. The widowed Frenchman sold the salon and stopped communicating with Greta and her family.