Zvonarski Street

Zvonarski Street, 1989, oil on board, 50 x 70 cm

Zvonarski Street, 1989
Oil on board, 50 x 70 cm

On either side of an ancient street (most likely condemned in the name of “progress”), stand two rows of seemingly uninteresting buildings, surrounded by a crown of stately trees and glimpses of blue sky beyond.  In opposition to the distinctive red door, symbolic of possible destruction, the patches of blue sky appear as a herald of hope.

As usual, the silhouettes of people are rare and hardly noticeable – no one cares for the future of these old buildings marked (the red door?) for demolition to make way for modern, high-rise apartments that lack the soul attributed by the artist to the more traditional dwellings of old Moscow.

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