Description of the picture:
Sons Boris and Alexander – Pasternak Leonid Osipovich. After 1990.
The talented artist loved simple genre scenes and beautifully painted portraits. He was very good at managing for more than just images that accurately convey an external, portrait resemblance; he knew much more. In his paintings there is a story and the characters of the characters of his paintings are clearly read.
The painting captures the two sons of the artist – the elder Boris and the younger Alexander. Even the position of the characters on the canvas already says a lot about their characters.
Boris, the future brilliant poet and a man with a very difficult fate, is depicted staring at the audience, he has a book in his hands, and thanks to his white shirt it seems that he is much closer to those looking at the canvas than Alexander. The diagonal arrangement of hands and the white color that enlarges the image makes Boris’s figure larger and more expressive. It is as if involuntarily pushing his brother deeper into the shadows, which is facilitated by Alexander’s dark blue shirt and his pose. He sits leaning against the back of the sofa and with both hands holds the waist belt of his gymnasium trousers with a large metal buckle. The figure of Alexander seems much smaller than his brother also because she is not fully depicted – part of her as if cut off, not fit into the frame.
The portrait was painted with large, sweeping strokes, giving the static composition dynamics and expressiveness. As usual, the artist did not miss a single detail, thoughtfully depicting all the details of the environment of adolescents. The canvas is voluminous, with blurry contours, as if filled with living, moving air. But the style of portraying the faces of boys, especially Boris, contrasts sharply with the manner of writing the whole picture. Faces are written out very carefully, in a realistic manner and amaze with their spirituality and expressiveness. Boris’s eyes seemed to peer into the souls of the audience and evaluate whether they are worth his attention."