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Painting, 1969, 1100×1300 cm

Description of the artwork «Chemistry»

“In 1968 the architect Ya. I. Gitis invited me to take part in the work on the decoration of the chemical plant in Salavat. I agreed and started working on sketches with interest. (...) I received drawings of the plant management, on the facade of which above the entrance arch was supposed to be painted. Through this arch all workers went to the factory.

Topic - "Chemistry"; technique - three-layer sgraffito. I would like a four-layer, but the architect did not agree. The location on the building is very good. The windows were in the way, but the painting could be built without reckoning with them. The boundaries were below the arch, on top of the cornice under the roof, on the right and left the corners of the house. The painting partially curved around the arch, going down to the first floor.

In the sketch, I suggested two large half-figures against the background of the periodic table. The woman is a Bashkir woman in an unusual national headdress, the man is Russian. He was holding in his hands a diagram of some kind of organic compound. I wrote to the plant and asked to indicate the formula of which substance should be depicted. They sent me three to choose from.

(...) Vladimir Andreev received a separate task. He carved out the Latin letters that make up the periodic table. Since the cardboard consisted of many separate strips of paper that were not glued to each other (after all, it is impossible to operate with paper of this size), Volodin's letters shifted one cell, and the "hydrogen" could no longer fit. I had to clean up what had been done in a day. But the next day everything was corrected and continued. This part was not in doubt, and not a single error was found by the carefully checked chemists. They only asked what kind of element it was at the very bottom of the panel, consisting of two letters E. 3. small? It was my signature. "

- E. S. Zernova. Memories of a monumentalist. Moscow: Soviet artist, 1985
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Allegorical scene

Style of art: Socialist realism, Socialist realism

Technique: Sgraffito

Materials: Cement, Sand

Date of creation: 1969

Size: 1100×1300 cm

Artwork in selections: 1 selection