Until recently, the Russian artists of the 20th century were virtually unknown to westerners. The lifting of the Iron Curtain, and the end of communism in Russia, has led to a fortunate discovery in the western world: the remarkable, life-affirming paintings from the Soviet era.
The Soviet Realists were state-commissioned. Consequently, they painted propaganda, but they also created extraordinary "practice" paintings. Soviet artists painted children and farm workers with intimacy and reverence; and landscapes as a symbol of life's continuity. These paintings, created during tumultuous times, celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.