Oil Rocks in the Caspian
Birthplace to a New Trend in Soviet Art
"Oil Worker with Red Cigarette". Tahir Salahov was severely criticized for this work. "What dark, unappealing colors! What pessimism! Why does the man look so pessimistic and worried as if he has concerns?" This is one of the many paintings that grew out of the period of time that the artist spent living among the oil workers at Oil Rocks in 1957. (Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm. Museum of Oriental Arts, Moscow, 1959).
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