I want to introduce you the Russian sorrowful artist Gennady Dobrov. All his portraits are drawn from real people. He preferred handmade pictorial art and no photo art. The artist Gennady Dobrov has died but he has remained alive in his sad pictures. Also Gennady Dobrov has remained in the memories of his contemporaries.
I have already told you about the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) in the Soviet Union, which was the part of the Second World War, in the article How Children Died… The Russian sorrowful artist Gennady Dobrov drew the disabled people who remained alive after that War.
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Gennady Dobrov drew people and things, which other people tried to avoid, or they were afraid of touching it. His pictures are shocking but they are not disgusting. The Russian sorrowful artist Gennady Dobrov showed us the pain and grief for we would become wiser, more compassionate and merciful. He shared the pain for all of us. Perhaps some viewers have become better.
The Artist’s Childhood
When he was 9 years old, the future sorrowful artist Gennady Dobrov met an invalid who had been crippled by the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union. The invalid was a mad beggar surviving in the streets of Omsk city. Perhaps those experience and impression influenced the Dobrov’s life choice.
Gennady Dobrov grew up after the Great Patriotic War in Siberia. Many crippled men returned homes after the War. They were affected by physical and mental postwar illnesses. They were sick and destitute. Some of them refused returning their homes for not to be a burden to their families and friends. They tried surviving in streets independently. They drank vodka, begged for money and sang war songs.
The Soviet state was gathering them in the boarding houses. The most famous boarding house was located in a former monastery on the Valaam Island. But the number of crippled men was much more than any boarding house could accommodate. Moreover, many disabled people avoid living in the boarding house. They preferred a difficult freedom as beggars on the streets.
Besides, a psychiatric hospital was located near the Dobrov’s house. The artist’s mother had been treated there before the War. Now you can imagine the psychological atmosphere, the social environment, and the true background, which were totally affecting and influencing the future sorrowful artist Gennady Dobrov.
Perhaps some of my readers are used to social adaptation of disabled people. But you should know the difficult and sometimes unfriendly atmosphere for disabled people in Russia.
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The Internet mass media Different View. 01.09.2014