I’ve been lately looking more at Rusyn artists from Slovakia and realized how relatively easy it was to point them down, which made me remember the Vice-Chancellor of Transcarpathian Art Institute in Uzhorod, Mykhail Prymych, who reminded me of the difficulty in delineating Rusyn artists in Ukraine, partly due to Ukraine’s long resistance to Rusyns as a national minority. At least I have some names of the artists living and working in Subcarpathian Rus, provided to me by a C-RS trustee Thomas Brenzovich.
When I observe landscape paintings by Rusyn artists, I often notice that flow of warm colors underlined by the bluish tones in the background, that suppleness of line defining the all-embracing hills of the Carpathians, and the intimate moment when the land is captured. This movement in stillness is enabled by the impressionist technique which allies the European impressionists with the founders of the Transcarpathian School of Painting. The souls of two artists, Anatoly Brenzovich and Vasily Brenzovich, are shown here through their visions of the Rusyn lands: