About the artwork
This artwork was added since it is referred to in the materials below
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Landscape, Genre scene
Style of art: Socialist realism
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1944
Size: 204×300 cm
Artwork in selections: 39 selections

Description of the artwork «Expanse»

Large painting of Alexander Deineka"The expanse" aimed at the future, it seems to be written from the place in which tomorrow hopes to get exhausted by a bloody war people. In 1944, Soviet troops were advancing, the Germans run. Around hunger and poverty, war still kill the soldiers, but it has happened pearl, victory is near, and a bright future beckons, and especially seemed so familiar. This is all reflected Deineka in the picture, the name itself says about the world, the Lada, the well-being. Typical Russian landscape, the soft bends of the river, gently sloping sandy beach, sloping haystacks, vast, calm expanse, one word!

The running girls are reminiscent of pre-war paintings of Deineka: athletic strong body has always been one of his favorite themes. But the difference is significant – the image is much smaller than the poster, sketchiness, the artist imposes more generous color. By the way, have a funny story about why Deineka in his youth did not like to use a pasty letter. While training at the Kharkiv art College he spent all his savings to buy an expensive set of paints. For lesson, you wrote the sitter, and Deineka tried sparingly apply a thin layer of paint. Professor Alexander Lyubimov made a remark to him that it is impossible to write the nature of the liquid, picked up a palette and squeezed out the precious paint was sweeping to prescribe and shape, and background. To finish his sketch Deineka could not, some of the colors were entirely consumed. But treated kindly by the Soviet power of the artist, probably, problems with colors. Smear it compared to earlyworks becomes more dense, color – saturated.
High spruce and birch on the left, and patches of fir trees on the right side "pull in" a picture, set the vertical axis, otherwise the composition would be too "spread" in breadth. The girls are not as sketchy, as were, for example, his Textile workersthey are more individualized, however, retaining the special intonation Deineka, surprisingly light able to present the image of the "happy Soviet man."

Deineko is a master of image motion, in "the Expanse" is shown in full. The composition is surprisingly rhythmic, and the group running the girls shown so that the viewer feels the run. In the foreground two figures, they are written in the largest vision focuses primarily on these girls. Behind them are three runners, four we see in the distance.

Deineka liked to portray strong, healthy, athletic young people. These girls have been a war, or rather, the war came to their youth. Perhaps some of them did not wait for father, brother, fiance. Instead of walking under the moon they selflessly worked in the factories. After the war, they, most likely, again waiting for hard work, and wealth im not particularly Shine. But here, on the canvas Deineka, they rejoice and enjoy the peaceful expanse of his native land, spring, sun, with their youth and life itself.

Author: Alain Grosheva