Sons Boris and Alexander, Pasternak Leonid Osipovich

Sons Boris and Alexander, Pasternak Leonid Osipovich
Sons Boris and Alexander, Pasternak Leonid Osipovich - 1

  • Posted by Pasternak Leonid Osipovich
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: After 1990

Overview of the painting :

Sons Boris and Alexander – Pasternak Leonid Osipovich. After 1990.

   A talented artist loved simple genre stories and wrote portraits beautifully. He was very well able to not just images that accurately convey the external, portrait similarities, he knew how much more. In his paintings there is history and the characters of the heroes of his paintings are clearly read.

   The picture captures the two sons of the artist – senior Boris and younger Alexander. Even the position of the characters on the canvas already says a lot about their characters.

   Boris, a future brilliant poet and a man with a very difficult fate, is depicted gazing intently into the audience, he has a book in his hands, and thanks to a white shirt it seems that he is much closer to looking at the canvas than Alexander. The diagonal arrangement of the hands and the white color that increases the image makes Boris’s figure larger and more expressive. It is as if involuntarily pushing his brother deeper into the shadow, which is facilitated by the dark blue shirt of Alexander and his pose. He sits leaning against the back of the sofa and with both hands holds onto the waist belt of his gymnasium trousers with a large metal buckle. The figure of Alexander seems much smaller than his brother also because she is not fully depicted – part of her seems to be cut off without placing herself in the frame.

   The portrait is written in large sweeping strokes that give static composition dynamics and expressiveness. As usual, the artist did not miss a single detail, thoughtfully depicting all the details of the environment of adolescents. Thoroughly voluminous, with blurry contours, as if filled with living, moving air. But the style of portraying the faces of boys, especially Boris, contrasts sharply with the manner in which the whole picture is written. Faces are written out very carefully, in a realistic manner and amaze with their spirituality and expressiveness. Boris’s eyes seem to peer into the soul of the audience and evaluate whether they are worth his attention.