Fedor Manaylo – from expressionism to socialism

Manaylo’s work is complex and many faceted. He was a skilled landscape painter and portrait painter in the 1930s and 1940s, a sensitive observer of the Hutzul lives. His later work, politically framed by the rise of socialism, became infused with geometric irregularity and abstraction. We see this in two works I picked here: the one from 1937, the boy with the lamb, characterized by soft, thick rendering of a familiar scenery, and the second from 1974, the age of factories devoid of suppleness.