Bell. Silence

The artist is Sidorov

“I myself am a village, from the Tver, from the peasants,” says Valentin Mikhailovich Sidorov, Soviet and Russian painter, landscape painter, teacher and professor. For his long and rich creative life, Valentin Mikhailovich was awarded the recognition of the public and numerous titles: academician, People’s Artist of the USSR, three times laureate of state prizes. But, despite professional success and recognition, he always considered himself a simple village guy, often repeating as the motto of the Bunin lines “I remember only my childhood with my heart, everything else is not mine”.

Sidorov was born in the village of forty -cape, not far from the Volga shores near Tver. Valentin Sidorov leads all his identity as masters of Russian lyrical landscape from their native places. Memorable images of the Russian village, endless expanses with rare huts and flat fields. “What is special, what to write? But something pulled me there, there is something special in this. What exactly? But this "something" And there is mine. This "something" associated with this house, place, this edge, the world. It is necessary to portray this, probably. Here am I. And the village itself, and field sheds, and forest, and people’s lives are my life".

The war was not easy to give the artist’s native lands: men went to the front, many houses were left without breadwinners and the village began to fade. In the film “Bell. Silence ”is a symbol of memory of formidable events. Memory in the work of Valentin Sidorov is devoid of bravura pathos – this is the time of memories, time to pay tribute to the fallen. But there is a life -affirming beginning in it: a quiet native nature and the opportunity to enjoy the world, beating a key to life, contrary to death.
E.B. Mogilevsky, c.M. Akhunov. Materials for audio guide at the exhibition “Memory” for the IZI platform.Travel. 2020

The bell between the village hijacking rises a silent reminder of the price that is paid for this peaceful gold of sunset. Egor Mogilevsky. “The best memory is true to them …” // Memory. To the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War . SPb, 2020. WITH. 10.

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