Jewish in a praying shaw

Artist Victor Brindatch Frantishkovich was born in 1941. He lived and studied in Kharkov. He is a graduate of the Moscow University, a member of the Union of artists of the USSR and of the International association of painters and sculptors. Since 1993 he lives in Israel. He is a master of classical realism superb color specialist. His favourite plots are connected with Jewry "Torah, traditions and modern life which has found its embodiment not only in painting, but also in sculpture. Victor Brindatch's pictures decorate private collections all over the world. Since 1996 of his exhibition have passed in David's Jerusalem gallery, and also in galleries of New York (Brooklyn) and San Francisco. In 1999 there was his personal exhibition in Tel Aviv's Hall of painters and sculptors.

I look at Victor Brindatch's pictures on his site in the Internet. Gray-bearded oldmen and boys with side curls, the paradise good natured animals, the pacified eternity of sacred letters of the Torah. We can see the Jewish world. Click of the mouse "and I watch a page of the Soviet period. And now we can see builders of communism, cheerful sportswomen, and serious steelmakers. But what it is? There no signs of slightest socialist realism! The same antiquated motives, the same plots: a bar -Mitzvah, Chassids, children and animals with human faces. All the same intolerable, exulting palette of pictures, the same strict completeness and restraint of copper moulding. In Victor Brindatch's images you will not find any "before and after" "Soviet and postSoviet. Perception of the world. Changes in it first of all cyclic, calendar: Change of the day and night, youth and maturity, alteration of death and the birth, announcing firmness of a plan of the Creator.

Jewish people in Brindatch's pictures also appear as a unit. Time which has been stretched from creation of the world up to now, is compressed and disappears, and the thousand-year history appears as one capacious parable. That is why Moisey and Jakov are like modern Spanish Jews, and foremother Rahel' "a fantastic medieval princess". that is why Ashkenazi boys cheerfully jump in a shallow bottom of the sea, overtaking the patriarches leaving Egypt.

Favourite hero of Brindatch is " the Jew in a praying Shaw". Who travels from a picture to a picture, turning sometimes in to a black-eyed curious child or a respectable old man. Of men's images prevail. There are not enough women: this subject bearing secret secret, remains untold. The artist avoids to speak about the women directly. But the nature in his pictures is through penetrated with bewitching, invincibly attractive force of true feminity.
We have got used to that wives and beloved. Were the painters muses Rembrandt had Saskia, Daly had Gala. Brindatch's muse became his daughter Vera. Probably, it is her image that made so fair the other images in the pictures made his colors so bright which captivates us in works of her father. Children can create a fairy tale, therefore even disturbing and terrible, like Egyptian executions or phantoms in beit- kneset, at Brindatch do not frighten, but enchant. And a sculpture "Vera on a turtle" " a small masterpiece. Looking at it you can understand why in ancient times our ancestors did not create images: this simple and pure touching beauty should be involuntarily worshipped.

Marina Gordon.

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