Volga or Yangtze River Boatmen_2018_36in x 36in_oil on masonite_$600 (Framed in Hardwood Cherry with softwood painted spacer to conserve weight)
There are songs that the boatmen who tugged boats up the Yangtze sang. Some of these songs described the specific routes through treacherous rapids.
The Soviets glorified their boatmen who were often social exiles for their toughness. ‘Volga Boatmen’ is a famous nationalist song celebrating them for their ideal Soviet image.
I have merged these stories with an Anton Chekov short story ‘In Exile’ about the desperation and loneliness of Soviet ferrymen.