Painting "The Son of Man" | Artist Oleksandr Balbyshev | Jose Art Gallery
Painting "The Son of Man" | Artist Oleksandr Balbyshev | Jose Art Gallery
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The Son of Man

This is an oil painting on the found soviet-era portrait of Lenin. The canvas is a little damaged. Decades after the collapse of the USSR, on the territory of the former Soviet republics, it is still possible to find a lot of artefacts imbued with the propaganda of that era. All forms of art were forcibly subordinated to the advancement of the ideology of Marxism-Leninism. Everything that did not fit into this paradigm was eradicated. Portraits of Lenin occupy a special place among those artefacts. Moreover, the number of the leader’s image created over the seven decades amazes. A huge number of art production workshops were organized, where artists from year to year were painting copies of the portraits of the leader, which were then placed in public institutions, educational institutions, offices of officials, in the homes of ordinary people. All this was done to the detriment of the free evolution of art and has stopped its development for more than half a century. We will never know what the art of the peoples of the USSR could look like, if it was not oppressed. We can only look at what artists in the free world were doing at this time. Namely to this goal, a series of works by Oleksandr is subordinated, who refines the found oil portraits of Lenin of Soviet times, combining them with famous works of Western artists.

Materials: oil/canvas
Size:   70.5 W x 90.5 H x 2 D   cm
Year of creation: 2017
The artwork has been sold
From Oleksandr Balbyshev , Ukraine
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