Relay - Alexander Aleksandrovich Deineka. 299 x 199 cm
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka is a versatile and talented artist of the Soviet period, a man of the early 20th century who has gone from the appearance of the young country of the Soviets to its heyday. Soviet people in Deineka’s works are beautiful, with high moral principles, strong, healthy, athletic, striving for victories.
Such boys and girls are depicted on one of the famous canvases by Alexander Alexandrovich, written in 1947 - “Relay race” (at exhibitions it was called “Relay race on the ring“ B ”or“ Relay relay on the Garden Ring ”).
The sports theme has always interested the artist and the inspiration in this case was the annual relay race held in the spring in Moscow at the Garden Ring, starting in 1930, with the exception of the military of the 1940s.
Deineka was preparing to create the largest-sized work - he did a lot of sketches, sketches, sketches of the characters in motion.
Beautiful, bright, spring day in the picture. A composition of young men and women, probably the best representatives of their teams, is located in the center near the dividing line on the asphalt. Staticity in the image is not felt at all, on the contrary, the picture is full of movement and energy due to the angle - as if diagonally from the observer.
Left and right - watching the relay, just walking passers-by, curious.
According to some connoisseurs of art, in the far right group of spectators, the artist portrayed himself. This may well be, because in general type and profile there are similarities with photographs of Deineka.
Buildings in the distance and flags with Dynamo symbols seem to frame the canvas.
The picture is good in compositional construction, light colors, "live" shadows from athletes, a thorough drawing of details, up to cracked asphalt. And, of course, the feeling of a festive sporting event, a joyful mood from the spirit of competition, from young people - perky and life-affirming.