It would be unfair here to discuss the overt ideological pressures bearing on the artists if not to take into account the obligatory socialist optimism which painters themselves preached, pushing for new creative paths but remaining true to the academic approach of their schooling. It is nevertheless true that incidents of 'authoritative shouts' led to dubious results.

Consider for example the original canvas of student life, "Two Ivans and Oksana" (1964), by Kharkiv artist Viola Pushkariova. Amongst orthodox soviet art, the work appears distinctly informal. The huge naked foot of the exhausted Ivan - worker, student and head of family - immediately attracts our attention, all the more so because seated comfortably on the floor behind is Ivan Junior and his sister Oksana. The painting style is bold and laconic in its palette, close in something to the rough style. However, the luxurious carpet and richly embroidered cloth figure as obvious violations of the narrative and coloristic ensemble of the painting. This additional work was introduced at the insistence of the exhibition board. The insolent artist was forced to accommodate this authoritative directive, although the additions still failed to win the canvas an official sale.

- Boris Lobanovsky (1926-2002), leading Kiev art critic

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