Moscow Hidden Courtyards

Moscow Hidden Courtyards, 1978, oil on board, 50 x 70 cm

Moscow Hidden Courtyards, 1978
Oil on board, 50 x 70 cm

In this depiction of a neglected courtyard there is a large pile of rubbish, and a clearly discernible lack of general maintenance.  Yet the grand old trees still stand proudly in all their beauty, lending a note of freshness to the painting.

Again the two frail silhouettes of Muscovites seem somehow out of place, as if they no longer belong in these abandoned backyards.

In this painting, Kolyada explores the dimension of emptiness, the slow abandonment of the condemned suburbs, once filled with life in an era that will never return.

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