This work is an important example of the Severe Style of painting. Fishermen stand almost heroically beside their humble vessel, proud of the work they have achieved at sea. There is a strong feeling of humanity and individuality as opposed to the faceless heroic propaganda of Socialist Realism. The colours and the lines are softer than one finds in Socialist Realism and the influence of the Impressionists seems clear.
Oil on canvas
150 × 180 cm; 59 × 71 in.
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.