24 February 2017

While revisiting some art research a few days ago, it’s noteworthy that today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Ukrainian painter, Tetyana Yablonska (1917 – 2005).

Her artistic career began as a follower of Socialist Realism. She was award top State accolades, receiving the Stalin Prize for her 1949 composition Bread. I recall analyzing this monumental painting for a university course, noting the diligent collective farm workers rolling sleeves eager to harvest a tsunami wall of wheat shown in the background. Post war Soviet propaganda at its best…

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Her earlier works depicted active movement, labour and sport. However, Yablonska’s work was filled with lyricism, particularly compositions dedicated to motherhood, subtle psychological portraits and self-portraits. The artist’s brushwork changed over her long and fruitful creative life. Her works gradually shifted towards vivid Impressionist colours and brush-strokes. Happy hundredth, Tetyana!

 

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