Russian painting

Painting New Moscow, Yu. I. Pimenov, 1937

  • Author: Yuri (Georgy) Ivanovich Pimenov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1937
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Description of the picture:

New Moscow - Yuri (George) Ivanovich Pimenov. 1937. Oil on canvas. 140x170

From the mid-1930s, Pimenov (1903-1977), one of the founders of the Easel Society, worked on a series of paintings about Moscow, among which the painting “New Moscow” became especially popular.
Artists with sincere enthusiasm worked on the creation of a new Soviet mythology, which required other forms. Picture "New Moscow" quite consistent with the spirit of the times. In the foreground is a woman driving a car, which is an unprecedented phenomenon for the 1930s. It is as if the viewer is sitting behind her and watching the morning, renewed Moscow from an open car. The monolithic bulk of the just-built Gosplan building, the free avenue and the expanse of squares, the scarlet letter of the newly opened metro are all renewed Moscow.
The impressionistic style of writing informs the work of freshness and elegance - this is how the new capital should have been perceived, and with it the new Soviet life. However, the year of creation of this canvas clearly contradicts the optimistic theme of the "light path".

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