paperboard, oil
40x50, 1989

Viktor Zaretsky


Ukrainian secession. Klimt period, Koncha Zaspa period


One of the brightest small format works of the painter.

At the end of his life, the artist created his most famous paintings. Zaretsky finishes the creative path by the Modern. The picture expressively describes the two faces of the singer. The artist watched, realized and pictured the truth of the profession, all the temptations, compromises and depths of the fall of the one that dared to challenge the ramp. The ending of such a life is burnout.

If the actresses at the beginning of her career realized what temptations and traps are placed on their way, they might have been more careful and made fewer mistakes.

The philosophy of the picture raises the question: was it all worth it? Each singer chooses. The choice leads either to creative realization, or to frenzy, i.e. incineration of talent.

Provenance: The work was bought at the artist's workshop in Koncha-Zaspa in 1990 from the painter himself.


  • "The Scales of Destiny of Viktor Zaretskiy" by Lesya Avramenko, 2011, p.482
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