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Cats before Barack

Painting, 1958, 19×27 cm

Description of the artwork «Cats before Barack»

"I was looking for your theme and was looking for them in the reality surrounding me. I lived in Lianozovo, in the barracks, there was a barracks, so that the image came from life. Barack, in this illustration, was in the territory of the former women's camp in Lianozovo. When the camp closed, the barracks somehow converted into housing and settled in. In the same barrack lived and I," recalled Rabin, looking at this picture.

In his memoirs, "Three of life", Chapter "At a party meeting in the plant", Rabin described the analysis of his "personal Affairs": "the Questions flew to me like tennis balls... so why am I painting the dull barracks and block houses? Why is our Soviet reality appears to me in such a gloomy light? ... "The meaning of questions from me somehow slipping away,' I said. — We have, if I'm not mistaken, strongly praised and encouraged the realism. But my painting is just realistic. I paint what I see. I lived in the barracks, many Soviet citizens lived in barracks, and live now. And I paint the barracks. Why is that bad? ... Reproach me for still lifes, for vodka bottles, Newspapers lying on the herring. But have you ever drank vodka and ate herring? ... And in General we drink a lot. Good or bad, is another question. It is life itself. Should we be scared of life? ..." [Rabin, Kropiwnicki, Rabin. The Pushkin Museum. 2007. P. 40].

Barak – one of the recurring themes of Rabin. It is constantly turning and poets lianozovtsa, close friends of Rabin:

"The fences. Garbage. Billboard. Advertising.
Sheds – the graves of various junk.
Shines heaven's blue depths.
The barracks. In the barracks comfort. Silence."
( Igor Kholin )

"Barack just Barack./2-storey barrack/3-storey barrack
Many-many-many-many/multi-storey barracks".
(Vsevolod Nekrasov)

"Rabin: barracks, sheds, military barracks.
Two colors of time:
grey
and yellow lamp.
The air
the iron curtain.
Hurts my eyes, on the brain.
Companion – herring.
Infection – Primus.
Rabin: tavern and take-out.
Rabin. London – Moscow".
(J. Satanowski).
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This artwork was added since it is referred to in the materials below

Art form: Painting

Technique: Watercolor, Ink

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1958

Size: 19×27 cm

Artwork in selections: 2 selections