Two Ivans and Oksana
On View: Screens facing Great Hall
In 1934 the Communist Party established Socialist Realism as the official art form of the Soviet Union. Painters and sculptors working for the state created portrayals of the myth of the Communist utopia in a heroic academic style. In 1964 Viola Pushkarova, a recent graduate of the state-run Kharkiv Art Institute in modern Ukraine, painted this didactic scene of Soviet domestic life, in which an attractive youth rests his head after working hard to feed his family and complete his studies. The calendar on the wall reads “9” (May 9), a national holiday marking the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union and the Allied forces in World War II.
Oil on canvas
65 1/8 x 43 in. (165.4 x 109.2 cm)
Frame: 71 3/4 x 49 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (182.2 x 126.4 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Collection of Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady
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Viola Pushkarova (Ukrainian, 1929-2010). Two Ivans and Oksana, 1964. Oil on canvas, 65 1/8 x 43 in. (165.4 x 109.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Collection of Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady, L2011.3. © artist or artist's estate
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