Yury Raksha’s painting “My Irina” was painted in 1969. It fully embodies the idea of the spiritual and physical beauty of man.
The canvas depicts the artist’s wife – Irina. A prose writer, a member of the Writers’ Union, Irina Raksha became famous for many of her works. But besides this, she constantly supported her husband, illuminating not only his life, but also paintings. He dedicated several of his paintings to her.
Yuri and Irina Raksha lived together for a long 20 years, and then she lived alone for another 20 years. It seems that not only Irina illuminated the work of Yuri Raksha, but also the painter inspired her to create many talented works. The artist rightly said that it was Irina who was always an extraordinarily light dream for him and a real muse. And these are not loud words, but reality. The viewer constantly feels it in his paintings. they are as if pierced with light.
His picture Raksha as if telling viewers that his wife is the best. Before us is the real ancient Greek goddess. It is as if not Irina, but Aphrodite. All facial features are just perfect. The turned profile has no flaws. The neck is extraordinarily beautiful, as if from marble. Ivory skin is unusually smooth and delicate.
The viewer feels that Yuri Raksha portrayed his muse, which inspired him not only in his work, but also in life. The main thing in the picture – a portrait of Irina. The background is almost not registered. Only slightly guessed the road, leaving the distance and the sky.
In all his creations Raksha tried to find the spiritual appearance of his heroes. In this picture he managed not only to convey as accurately as possible external features, but also spiritual beauty. Perhaps, Irina in the portrait is too perfect, and in life was not quite so. The main thing is that for the artist she is just that – the most beautiful in the world, ideal and divine.