Discussion of the low mark

The present work is a second version of the important painting in Tretyakov.

In this painting, a student stands forlornly having failed to perform sufficiently well. A bust of a Soviet grandee regards the humiliation of the student from the corner of the composition and, whilst some figures actively engage in the discussion, others continue with their own work seemingly oblivious to the proceedings.


Oil on canvas


118 × 181 cm; 46½ × 71¼ in.

Sergey Grigoryev
1910 - 1988

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'.