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Description of the painting by Yuri Pimenov “Give heavy industry!”


A painting is a slogan, a painting is an appeal, this painting by Yuri Pimenov is estimated by someone as heaped up, and someone is talking about the ingenious structure of the composition. There is no doubt that the painting was painted by artist Yuri Pimenov at the request of the Economic Council, and for its excellent performance received the prestigious prize of the Soviet Union at the Exhibition of State Orders. It is believed that it was from this exhibition that the process of "renovation" of Soviet art was launched. Based on the painting by Pimenov, a propaganda poster was later created.

Simple steel mill workers are the focus of attention on this canvas. Lined up in a row, five workers are pulling steel reinforcement, their actions are depicted in dynamics, the strong bodies of the majestically working figures glow not only from the burning heat of the machines, but also from that great idea nurtured by the Soviet Union, for which they work. The brightened figures of two workers in the background, leaning their whole body, pushing a cast-iron cart forward along the scaffolding.

Critics rightly point out that Pimenov’s paintings are devoid of plasticity, everything in them is two-dimensional, flat, but these “flaws” can already be considered corrected by the picture “Give us a heavy industry!”. One can imagine the mechanized movements of workers, but not notice that the main “cog” in the huge machine of industrialization, of course, is a living person - blood and flesh.

Smeared in ash, their bodies stand out clearly against the backdrop of a machine glow, while standing by a huge furnace they contrast with the artist. Each of the internal compositions of the picture can serve as independent paintings, but the combination of human labor and factory buildings, smoke, locomotives, accurately convey the atmosphere of an incredible pace of production set by that era.





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