Evgeny Samsonov, born in 1926, is a famous Russian socialist painter. People’s artist of the RSFSR. Awarded the Silver medal of the USSR Academy of Arts. Graduated from Moscow State Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov. Joined the USSR Union of Artists in 1954. He served as the Chairman of the Moscow Regional Union of Russian Artists from 1976 to 1986. Several times participated in all-Soviet art exhibitions, as well as republic exhibitions “The Soviet Russia”. The artist’s works are represented in the State Tretyakov Galley, the State Russian Museum.The works of Samsonov E.I. are kept in the Tretyakov State Gallery, The State Russian Museum. Samsonov works are of a Soviet spirit. He is a guardian of the past who can dissolve ordinary moments into extraordinary sensations, and let sincerity permeate in the face of his characters through careful composition and strong brushwork.
Worker by Evgeny Samsonov
The painting <Workers> describes a welding worker, showing the characteristics of a laborer and releasing self confidence through depicting his strong thick body and his pair of rough but powerful hands. This is the celebration of the working class, the usual approach of socialist artist, turning any ordinary figure into a hero. Through the highlight of the body language of the figure, Samsonov tries not to balance the size of the head and body, together with the large area of shadow at the back, resulting in a strong dramatic effect. The use of harmonic color enriches an elegant sense to the worker. The worker carries the image of a military man with wires on his hands and protective masks on his face, suggesting that the working class is like a soldier working hard for the society, acting as a role model to the people.