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«Ukrainian woman», Mykhailo Boychuk, 1910-е гг.

Boychukism is a cultural and artistic phenomenon in the history of Ukrainian art of 1910–1930s, distinguished by its artistic monumental-synthetic style.[1]

The basis of Boychuk's concept of the development of new art was an appeal to the traditions of Byzantine and Italian monumental painting, as well as middle-age Rus' icon painting, as the primary source of the Ukrainian national form.

The name comes from the name of the founder of the movement: Mikhail Boychuk, a muralist and graphic artist. Boychuk, as well as several other artists, made Soviet propaganda and promoted communism. However, Boychuk was labelled as a "bourgeois nationalist" by Joseph Stalin, and he was executed.[2]

At the end of 1925, the Association of Revolutionary Art of Ukraine (ARIU) was founded in Kyiv, uniting Boychukists.[3]



  1. ^ "Exhibition: 'In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s' at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid".
  2. ^ Kurkov, Andreĭ; Puchkov, A. A.; Raffensperger, Christian; Klochko, Diana; I︠A︡remenko, Maksym; Lozhkina, Alisa; Mudrak, Myroslava; Solovjov, Oleksandr; Burlaka, Viktoriya, eds. (2022). Treasures of Ukraine: a nation's cultural heritage. London ; New York, New York: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-02603-8. OCLC 1327835684.
  3. ^ "Ukrainian identity in art: philosophical contours of boychukism".