Female Portraits (a sketch)
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In Boichuk's small, seemingly unfinished and sort of accidentally made sketches, in fact, there is a serious search for a new aesthetic canon, a national type, which would originate from the naive images of the Virgin Mary in the icons painted by folk artists and develop on the basis of observations of reality with decent restraint and without the sentimental admiration, which is typical of the creative works by stylists. The numerous images of girls and women painted by Mykhailo Boichuk show the integrity of the author's position and refinement of the idea, which is far from currying favor with the public. In 1973, this unique exhibit item got into the collection of Lviv National Art Gallery from the private collection of Yaroslava Muzyka, who closely worked with Boichuk and his followers during the Lviv period of the artist's life. Yaroslava Muzyka lived in a house on Charnetskyi Street (now Vynnychenko Street, 26), where Boichuk's studio was located; she managed to preserve a significant amount of archival material and some works that remained after the artist’s moving to Kyiv.