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Tatyana Nazarenko is a realist, not a Soviet-style socialist realist, nor an American type social realist, but rather what 1 want to call an absurd realist. By this I mean an artist who experienced firsthand the absurdity of social reality, and who recognizes its power to make human beings feel absurd. This is the inward link of her art and the Old Master Northern Realists as Pieter Bruegel: a sense of the inherent absurdity, not to say folly, of human existence, under certain dehumanizing conditions. W. H. Auden once said that the Old Masters were never wrong about suffering, and Nazarenko is never wrong about 1 more subtle suffering Aon the Old Masters ever depicted.