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Soviet artists painting BAM

Soviet artists painting BAM. Amiran Parkosadze (b. 1941) On the construction of BAM. 1976. Oil on canvas

Soviet artists painting BAM. Amiran Parkosadze (b. 1941) On the construction of BAM. 1976. Oil on canvas

Soviet artists painting BAM – Baikal–Amur Mainline, Great Soviet construction – leading theme of Soviet art of the time. The new, fast rhythm of life experienced artists. On construction sites of the country they saw the unprecedented rise of enthusiasm with which the young boys and girls met the most amazing accomplishments. That brought joy to the creative mind of artists. Again, continuing the tradition of the masters of the older generation, the young artists were going to All-Union shock Komsomol constructions of the country to see their peers in work and life, truly recreate the images of the young builders. “For a young artist’s creative trips, trips to such places as BAM, was the beginning of everything, – said Vyacheslav Kubarev about his visit to Tynda – to see those characters sitting in the studio was impossible.

AF Kitayev. Start. From the series People of BAM. 1974

AF Kitayev. Start. From the series People of BAM. 1974

“I’ve recently been to the construction of the BAM: Tynda-Berkakit … what I saw exceeded my expectations … It is a city of young people, the city of fun, good people … it was a pleasure to draw these great guys. Indeed, many works convey distinctive marks of the time – boys and girls are paving roads, erecting the city, drilling oil wells, building factories, sincerely having fun in their spare time”.

Soviet artists painting BAM. AI Maltsev. Let's build BAM. The central part of the triptych. 1976

Soviet artists painting BAM. AI Maltsev. Let’s build BAM. The central part of the triptych. 1976

Huge world of constructing sites revealed to young artists, and they find different forms of expression, conveying the scope of the creative activity of the Soviet people: high technical level of the new production and, more importantly, the specific intellectual, creative and moral qualities of the working man.

Artists sought not merely to illustrate the events that show not only the image of the young builders of socialism, but also their inner world. They sought to capture the spirit of the heroic time. They worked hard at the construction of new energy giants, new mines and workshops, new roads, there they built our bright future. Not only to build a happy moment, but also to preserve it, to think and care about the future – these sacred responsibilities of today’s youth.

Soviet artists painting BAM