Polar explorers


The artist is Smolin

This picture of the brothers Smolins, Alexander Alexandrovich and Peter Alexandrovich became the hallmark of the whole direction in Soviet art of the late 1950s-early 1960s, called the "harsh style". Young post -war generation artists performed at large Moscow exhibitions of those years with works in which a modern person was portrayed without embellishment in the ascetic of workdays. Their heroes directly turned to the viewer from the paintings, in shape and size close to monumental wall murals, provoking the state of involvement, empathy. A man of "harsh style" was in a state of romantic confrontation, the struggle against external circumstances, resistance to his own weaknesses. The attention of artists was often attracted by people of extreme professions, whose images made it possible to reveal this conflict especially vividly.

"Polards" were written after a trip to the north, in the Arctic, in the early 1960s. The artists then visited the new land and the islands of the Kara Sea. Their characters are the embodiment of the image of “physics”, who was the true hero of his time. A selfless scientist behind a "harsh" mask of detached concentration hides the wealth of the soul. He neglects his personal life, well -being, health for the sake of scientific work in the name of social benefit and progress. Legislators of a certain lifestyle in the spirit of Hemingway brutal romance, “physicists” were repeatedly sung in the cinema, literature, visual arts. Smolins "polar explorers" is one of the outstanding works of this series.

For the happiness of the people. Catalog of the exhibition of the Russian Museum in Malaga. 2018. With. 127.

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