Igor Obrosov
Wartime Moscow 1941
1989 - 1990

Igor Obrosov

1930 - 2010

​The 1930s and 40s – a time of war and Stalinist oppression – shaped the subjects and sentiments of the art of Igor Obrosov, People's Artist of the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic, full member of the USSR Academy of Arts, and winner of USSR and Russian Federation State Prizes.

During these years, his father – a well-known doctor and one of the formative figures in Soviet medicine – was arrested and subsequently executed. His older brother died on the front; and his own life was full of the deprivations of pre-frontline Moscow, where he had to live in the military hospital where his mother was working. This severe world, full of contrasts, yet almost monochrome, with people who appeared dispassionate and reserved, was indelibly inscribed upon Obrosov's memory and on the series of paintings and graphic works of the 1970–1990s, the most famous of which bear dedications by the artist: Dedicated to the women of the second world war, Dedicated to father, Dedicated to the defenders of Moscow.