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Yuri Raksha was a classic representative of the late socialist realism of the 60-70s. This spirit is imbued with all his work. The picture is called "My mother."
But such a Yuri Raksha never knew his mother. She worked all her life as a laborer in a local factory. Her youth fell on the hungry military and post-war years. And by 1950, when his father finally returned from the front and subsequent service, his mother became an old woman.
The picture was conceived as a kind of lyrical dedication. Thirties, youth, heroism, the construction of Magnitogorsk. The artist did not find this time, but was able to feel it.
In the picture - part of a small room of a girl’s dormitory, located in a wooden hut. Iron beds, one of which is covered with a patchwork rustic blanket, on the wall there is a mirror, several photographs and a spread of some newspaper. Four girls. One of them is waiting for a man outside the window - apparently, a blonde, who stands with her back to the viewer in the center of the room.
According to the artist, it was important for him to convey the unity of spirit and physical beauty. The result was an unusual golden light in which girlish figures “bathed”.
It was this picture that brought Yuri Raksha great fame.
Numerous exhibitions and publications were published in various magazines, after which the artist received bundles of letters. He himself admitted that the most expensive were letters from the peers of his mother, the builders of Magnitogorsk, who recognized in the picture both themselves and all the smallest details of everyday life. In the most accurate and complete reflection of all such details was the late socialist realism.
The themes fully disclosed in the picture - heroism, the unity of physical and spiritual beauty, youth - the artist used in other canvases, such as "Contemporaries" and "Continuation".
Eduard Manet Olympia