Circa 1976- Russian artist Dmitry Zhilinsky created a self-portrait based on a specific event from his personal life. “At the artist’s house in Novobutakovo, a car hit his chow dog, nicknamed Chan.
In the picture, Zhilinsky portrayed himself at night half-naked with a dead animal in his arms. In the opening of the gate, there is also a silhouette of the artist’s wife, sculptor Nina Zhilinskaya.” (Photo and quote from the Tretyakov Gallery blog)
Thank you so very much Jeff Austin for the lead on this amazing artwork. I usually post pre-1960’s chow history but this one was too amazing to let slide by. The detail in this painting is incredible….the emotion very raw.
Please stop by this website to read much more about the painting and artist. (choose to read in English or Russian) It is a fascinating read. http://tretyakovgallery.blogspot.com/2017/08/1976.html