Tatyana Nilovna Yablonskaya (1917-2005) – an outstanding Ukrainian artist, a bright representative of the whole era of “socialist realism”. Half of her life is connected with the Kiev Art Institute, where she received her education in the specialty “artist-painter” from 1935 to 1941 in the studio of Professor F.G. Krichevsky. Then, two years after the end of the Great Patriotic War, T.N. Yablonskaya begins to teach at the Kiev Art Institute, receiving in 1967 the title of professor, the artist continues to work until 1973. But, despite his teaching activities, T.N. Yablonskaya does not cease to be engaged in her favorite business and true vocation – painting. After writing the famous work of the artist “Bread”, participating in the XXVI-II International Art Exhibition in Venice in 1956 and the 1958 World Exhibition in Brussels, in I960 Tatyana Yablonskaya received the title of People’s Artist of the Ukrainian SSR.
Continuing to participate in numerous exhibitions, T.N. Yablonskaya departs from her usual style and in the 1970s raises serious philosophical themes in her works, in her works an associative subtext, metaphor and spirituality appear.
In 1975 he became a Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR, and in 1982 he received the title of People’s Artist of the USSR. In 2001, T. N. Yablonskaya became the Hero of Ukraine – this is the last big award for the artist.
The works of Tatyana Yablonskaya became an adornment of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Dragon Museum in Taiwan, the Kiev Museum of Russian Art, Poltava, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkov Art Museums, the Lviv Art Gallery and other museums.
In the presented portrait the face is very accurately and expertly painted, surprisingly attractive with its unusualness. The portrait was created in a light ocher-gray color scheme. Working on the composition, T. Yablonskaya shifts the heroine’s figure to the right, leaving space to the left so that the woman’s figure is in a conditional environment, and from this conscious reception the portrait bears calm calm reliable. It was especially important for the artist to convey this sense of peace and confidence.
In search of the psychological characteristics of the character of the picture, T. Yablonskaya comes to the conclusion that her heroine is a woman of an integral simple soul. In her feelings there is not a trace of sentimentality, in thoughts about the future – there is no anxiety, she is full of confident, joyful expectation. Turning towards the viewer, the young heroine of the painting T. Yablonskaya looks directly into our eyes. From this it seems that as if there was no border separating the conditional space of the picture, and the genuine space in which the image lives on canvas. Painted in bright colors, the image of a young woman looking at the viewer since 1955, remains a witness of a fixed time with its characteristic features.