Pavel Rechensky (1924-1998), the self-educated artist, jailed
in his childhood to Karlag, was dedicated to “smiling” and gentle
religious images. Working in technique of encaustics on wood,
he had found an adequate embodiment of motionless expression
of eastern faces and landscapes.
"His education was broken off at age 12 when his well-off
peasant parents were forced to move from the Saratov region
to Karaganda during forced collectivization. Rechensky's naive
paintings find communist luminaries Stalin, Beria and Lenin
in the company of the devil. The works possess "some folk
wisdom," according to Galina Lavrentyeva.
From an article "Art From the Land of Soviet Exiles".
The Moscow Time, Oct. 12 1995
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