oil on board, 9″ x 14″
Brenin was born in 1924 and was active as an artist in Kyiv, USSR. He died in the 1980s.
Impressionism was considered a highly illegal form of resistance by the Soviet government because it did not adhere to the restricted forms of artistic expression; scenes of Soviet dominance and strength or propaganda. It was extremely dangerous for artists to use their material rations for anything but government work, hence the small size of these pieces which are painted on scraps of cardboard or canvas using very little amounts of paint. These petite, idyllic scenes of the Soviet landscape were as revolutionary in their creation as they are beautiful in their content.