This bold composition shows a mother embracing her younger child at the seaside as the older child looks on whilst holding a toy boat. The monumental and almost heroic nudity is representative of the Socialist Realist style and, in particular the works of his teacher Petrov-Vodkin as well as Alexander Deyneka.
Oil on canvas
89cm x 75cm
Samokhvalov was a member of the Leningrad School of Painting. In 1914 enrolled in the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Pertsburg and, amongst others, one of his teachers was Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. In 1917 he took part in the exhibition of the Mir Iskusstva. He had significant success with his images heroes of labour and sport. In 1967 he was awarded the Order of Lenin.