I do not accidentally called these artists "nice", and this term - not derogatory, no, they call me with respect and great-feeling (sim-patiyu).
But yesterday, revising their heritage, I thought, how strongly and quickly influenced policy on the arts. Immediately after the great vzbleska Russian painting 10-20 years., In the early 30's. Soviet art - with the exception of a few artists, chti beliefs apparently coincided with the formal requirements, see Deineko (which, incidentally, as we recently learned, did not prevent him sit out his term) - suddenly it became a sort of "homespun" - and in general, so it remained.
Art of the Leningrad school artists - a clever, subtle, intelligent art, and it is already very much, especially on those days. But all these qualities did not prevent me feel regret and sorrow when I think that in other circumstances, their heritage could look quite different.