Springtime, 1976
Boris Spornikov
Oil on canvas
4 ft 6 ¼ in. x 3 ft 10 ¼ in. (1 m 38 cm x 1m 17.5 cm)

More popular in the West than in his native Ukraine, Spornikov was one of a few Soviet artists allowed to have exhibitions in the West and sell his artwork with little restriction. This painting, in which Soviet women use flowers to create a representation of Lenin’s profile, marks a rare departure from Spornikov’s generally apolitical work that was offered outside of the USSR.