Ukrainian Socialist Realist Painting

With the advice of art specialists from leading Ukrainian museums, Ukrainian-American collector Jurii Maniichuk assembled this group of close to 150 realist and socialist realist paintings by artists working in Ukraine from the 1950s through the 1980s. Maniichuk purchased the art in the mid-1990s, at a time when the socialist realist art genre was discredited and in danger of disappearing in newly-independent Ukraine. The collection encompasses portraits, landscapes, still lifes, scenes of work and life, war-time images, and paintings with a political or historic theme. Also included are seven portraits of Maniichuk painted by top artists from 1995 through 1997—an experiment intended to show how different painters interpreted the same subject.

A portion of the collection is now on loan to the Ukrainian Institute of America at 2 E. 79th St. in New York City and one painting is exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. After Maniichuk’s death in December 2009, his wife, Rose Brady, became owner and administrator of the collection.

A brief sample of the collection is below but to view more, please see the Gallery page.

Halina Zoria, Ukrainian Still Life with Cock.
1960. Oil on canvas. 115 x 104 cm.