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Russian artist Konstantin Yuon has done many works of different styles and levels. He was a talented artist, graphic artist, and theater director. Among his works one can find thematic paintings and a large number of portrait images of contemporaries, but his talent was best revealed in landscape works.
One of the important events that influenced the work of Yuon was the discovery of ancient Russian icons. Restorers cleaned the image, revealing the brightest and purest shades. Therefore, it is not surprising that in his works you can see joy and the external beauty of nature, and love of life. Most often, he paints the sun or snowy weather, colorful folk robes, monuments of ancient Russian architecture.
A significant event is the receipt of membership in the AHRR in 1925.
Although many of the works of C. Yuon contradict his sympathies for the Bolsheviks. For example, his famous work “New Planet” demonstrates a monstrous cosmic catastrophe serving as a symbol of the October Revolution. In the painting “bathed and swallows”, the author depicts the beauty of the Orthodox cathedrals, and the architectural power, bathed in sunlight and grace, while the Bolsheviks did not sympathize with the Orthodox Church at all.
In his painting "People", the artist captured the image of the only built Soviet correctional camp SLON, located on Solovki. In the center of the composition, he depicts people engaged in heavy physical labor, and their strict overseers. Unfortunately, in correctional camps over the years of existence, thousands of people died while performing difficult physical tasks.
And the author completely disagrees with the Bolsheviks and with their system, which seeks to shoot and kill those who disagree. In this case, a clear blue sky occupies most of the picture.
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