Spring beyond Volga

In this work a young girl leans against a tree and gazes out at the water. The artist has caught her in a moment of reverie and she seems dressed, not for the collective farm but rather the country holiday. The artist seems keen to emphasise the harmony of nature and human life and the beauty of the Soviet people and countryside.


Oil on canvas


39cm × 35cm

Alexei Belykh
1923 -

In 1952, Belykh took part in the All Union Exhibition of Amateur Artists. He was subsequently invited to enter the Surikov Institute of Art. Following graduation, Belykh returned to Kostroma where he worked as a teacher at the College of Art. Labourers are the main theme of Belykh's work and, in 1964, he created a number of canvases regarding people in the lumber industry.