The present work is a second version of the important painting in the Kiev Museum of Ukrainian Art.
The Kosomol was the All-Union Lenin Communist Union of Youth, a political youth organisation. It was created during the First All- Russian Congress of Worker and Peasant Youth in 1918, with the aim of involving the worker youth in the communist struggle at an early age.
In this picture, a young girl stands in her outfit as she applies for membership and is interviewed by the Committee. A senior member of the military, medals strung across his chest, sits behind her listening in whilst a portrait bust of Stalin looks on.
Oil on canvas
112 × 149 cm; 44 × 58¾ in.
Grigoryev was born in Lugansk, Ukraine in 1910. He studied at the Zaporozhe Arts and Crafts School from 1923-26 and subsequently in Moscow and Kiev.
He began to exhibit in 1932 and he became a leading painter of everyday-life genre subjects. Well known works include Admission into the Komsomol (1949 Kiev Museum of Ukrainian Art), The goalkeeper (1949 Tretyakov Gallery), Discussion of the low mark (1950 Tretyakov Gallery), He's come back (1954 Tretyakov Gallery). Grigoryev became a Soviet academician 1953 and received the Stalin Prize in 1950 and 1951. In 1974 he was awarded the title 'People's Artist of the USSR'.