Diptych – Boats
1989 - 1990

These two late canvases exude a sense of tranquillity. In May 2010 an exbibition was organized to mark Ossovsky's 85th anniversary at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow. During this exhibition, Ossovsky remarked that … 

"The historical space of time in the middle of the 1920s has revealed the world a generation which I am happy to belong to. An important civic mission fell to its lot – together with the people of this country to defeat the enemy in the Great Patriotic War and to create the culture and art of the second half of the 20th century. People of the war generation, talented, honest and incorruptible, with a huge moral potential have surrounded me for my long life in art… This generation, called 'men of the 1960s', that breathed the ozone purified from the war burning has enriched the treasure house of spiritual values by masterpieces of literature, cinema, theatre, music and fine arts and left the future generations examples of selfless service to Russia and its national culture".

It is these same emotions of pride, gratitude and a sense of peace which are reflected in this late diptych.


Oil on canvas


150 × 180 cm; 59 × 71 in.

Petr Ossovsky
1925 -

Ossovsky was one of the founders of the Severe Style of art which emerged in Moscow in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He studied at the Surikov Institute in Moscow between 1944 and 1950 and has exhibited regularly since 1954.