Adalbert Boretskyi (also, Vojtech Borecký in Slovakian) has a pretty good online presence so it was not hard to find samples of his work. The harder part was to pick one to share with you. Every one I looked at spoke to me for a different reason, pointed to a different aspect of Rusyn life and culture that I wanted to show you. The variety in subject matter and style proves that he was a skilled artist whether it came to abstraction, figurative art or landscape painting.
So I chose this view of the mountains through a still-life of rustic paraphernalia skillfully piled up in a diagonal line, leading your eye from the bottom left corner up the colorfully patterned women’s wrap, touching the tops of the clay mugs and jars and up to the man’s hats, that is, from the everyday objects to the vast, timeless expansiveness of the Carpathian mountains that will be there long after the mundane is gone.