Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig 1930-2017
The passion for bright large canvases, life-affirming pathos, publicism are characteristic of the work of Mai Danzig. The artist perceives reality as if on a widescreen scale and speaks with the viewer in full force of voice and in full measure of emotions. Even the names of his paintings sounded exalted: “The Soligorsk land is rumbling”, “Belarus is the mother of the partisans” …
Danzig began with sketches, genre scenes and portraits. He painted the secluded corners of Minsk against the background of the sky with white clouds reminiscent of flying sails. He deployed on the canvases the prospects of squares and quarters with cranes, created a series of picturesque reports from the new buildings of the republic.
In the painting “New settlers” the artist clearly pretends to cause in the viewer complex associations. In the smiles and poses of his heroes, in the spaciousness of a freshly painted room, not cluttered with things of sustainable well-being, he seeks to express not so much the joy of a young family who has received a new apartment, but the bright and solemn feelings of the builders of a new life.