Oil on canvas
175 x 254
State Russian Museum
Пост.: 1966 из МК РСФСР
The name of Victor Ivanov instantly conjures up images of courageous, wise and handsome people. These features are incarnated in the “peasant Madonna” gathering her family around the table after the post-war jubilation has died down and life has returned to normal. This patient heroine has awaited the return of her husband from the front and now sits at the head of the table. The relief-like composition and the austere silhouettes exude an air of solemnity. The rough and angular drawing, harsh forms and ringing tones create a mood of tension.
Ivanov, Viktor Ivanovich (born 1924, Moscow)
Painter, graphic and genre artist, portraitist, landscapist. Studied under Pavel Koshevoy, Konstantin Molchanov and Vasily Pochitalov at the Secondary School of Art at the Moscow School of Art and Industry (1939–1944) and under Alexei Gritsai, Yury Kugach, Vasily Pochitalov and Vasily Yakovlev at the Vasily Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow (1944–1950). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1950). Member of the Union of Artists (from 1951). Winner of the State Prize of Russia (1996). In 2004, the Viktor Ivanov and the Ryazan Land Gallery opened in Ryazan.