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Vasily Shukshin

Painting, 2018, 100×100×0.1 cm

Description of the artwork «Vasily Shukshin»

"Vasily Shukshin", 100x100 cm, oil on canvas, 2018 p. Author - Alexey Akindinov.

The painting "Vasily Shukshin" belongs to a series of three of my canvases dedicated to writers, it includes two more of my works: "Patrick Suskind" and "The Strugatsky Brothers. Roadside Picnic". These paintings were ordered by the organizers of the Ryazan, I love you! Art project, carried out by the graduates of Lyceum No. 4 in Ryazan with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Ryazan Region. The art project took place in Ryazan and Moscow in 2016-2017. The customers were enthusiasts and admirers of the fine arts, which is very rare in our times. All of them now live and work in Moscow, having risen high on the career ladder and taking various worthy leadership positions. All of them were united by their love for art.

In the painting "Vasily Shukshin", the customers set me the task of painting his portrait in a way that none of the artists had ever portrayed Vasily Makarovich, and at the same time the image should have a portrait resemblance and express the special, characteristic features of Shukshin. My first pencil sketch for the painting was rejected by the customers, they explained this by the fact that the solution to the composition and portrait is very common, traditional. I portrayed Vasily Makarovich sitting on the bank of the river and his pose was taken by me from his 1972 film "Stove-benches". The customer said: "Alexey, try to do something more metaphorical, unusual."

I plunged into the vastness of the Internet, so as not to "reinvent the wheel". I looked in the "network" for pictures of various authors on the theme of Shukshin. I discovered that a huge mass of portraits and genre compositions of various artists are dedicated to Vasily Makarovich. There were about five dozen of them. Most of the portraits were clichés - Shukshin was portrayed by the artists as a rough, dumpy, oily man in a red shirt with playful nodules on his cheekbones and clenched fists (from his film Kalina Krasnaya).

Realizing my mistakes in my work, I moved away from the "worn out to holes" stamps. I completed two more pencil sketches and showed them to customers. In one of the sketches, I depicted Vasily Makarovich sitting by the window with a manuscript in his hands. Stars flew around him. And the second sketch depicted Shukshin at the well, and he was approved by Moscow art admirers.

In my picture, Vasily Shukshin appears before the audience as a fashionably dressed dandy, but he is in a rural landscape - against the background of huts, trees and a well with spring water. His posture is plastic and flexible, he seems to be posing in front of the camera ... As a young man, while still living in the Altai village of Srostki, he certainly dreamed of a big, successful career in the capital. Therefore, in the picture I depicted two worlds - the rural world, the one from which he came, and the world of his then dreams and dreams, metropolitan recognition, chic and gloss. He got everything he dreamed of in Moscow: success as a writer-playwright, director and actor. Shukshin in Moscow involuntarily plunged into a bohemian environment. The pink shirt in the plot of the picture is a symbol of the capital's bohemia. Black trousers with a wide belt, this is part of the sailor's uniform - he served in the army as a sailor in the Baltic Fleet, and then was a radio operator in the Black Sea Fleet of the USSR.

I expressed my style of ornamentalism in the picture especially, the fact is that in the plot I almost did not use small, traditional ornaments for me. But the whole image has been transformed by me into dancing lines, starting from the pose of the hero of the picture; the well at which it stands; hills; crowns of trees and huts. Everything is tied in a single dance of lines, which is a special type of ornamentation.

On both sides of the well, I depicted one of Shukshin's symbols - a bush of red viburnum. Vasily Makarovich took water from a dancing well into a bucket, and the daytime stars are reflected in the bucket in the water, and the whole sky is dotted with them. This is one of my creative personal discoveries - daytime stars. Sometimes I use them in the subjects of my paintings. Stars are also displayed in well water. Shukshin not only scooped up water, he caught the stars of fortune, which will lead him to star glory. I depicted the patterns on the bucket, which also dances, in the form of keys. There is a double meaning here - the key is the opening symbol. The doors of success will be open for Shukshin. The keys also symbolize the spring water from the well. This is a symbol of natural purity, sincerity, which should be possessed by a real creative person, whom Vasily Makarovich Shukshin appeared to the world, leaving us a huge, richest cultural layer ...

Moscow customers really liked my painting "Vasily Shukshin". Later, when I posted the file of the picture on the Internet in various galleries and social networks, it received wide popular recognition and love from both ordinary viewers and my colleagues - professional artists.

© Copyright: Alexey Akindinov, 2020
Certificate of publication No. 220071402062
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