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HOLODOMOR FOLK ART PAINTINGS BY IVAN NOVOBRANETS

Paintings and poems by Ivan Novobranets
Poltava, Ukraine

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HOLODOMOR FOLK ART PAINTINGS BY IVAN NOVOBRANETS
                     In the Year of 33            
                        1988, 100x70,
                      oil on canvas
       
Oh, in the year of thirty three
When the Sun came up
The cuckoo began to call
Just under the window.
The falcons started flying
Directly to Ukraine.
That was not good,
That was a bad omen
  The black crows have flown in
  They brought sufferings
  And went on pecking corpses.
  The doves were flying,
  They were calling sadly
  As their pigeons
  Were killed by falcons
  Oh, grey doves
  Were flying over the village
  While their small children
  Were dying of hunger.
  There were many graves
  Dug in the church yard
  Five human souls
  Were put in eacj grave.
  Oh, Mother Ukraine
  Where is your brave warriors?
  Not a soul alive is left in Ukraine
  The falcons were flying high
  The fame they gaines was bad



                                                                  Those Crows Have Flown In...
    1988, 110x70, oil on canvas                                                                                           
HOLODOMOR FOLK ART PAINTINGS BY IVAN NOVOBRANETS
Oh, how those crows have flown in                        
              And hid the Sun
         Under the black wings.
          Oh, they hid the Sun
       And the dark night began.
It was in the year of thirty three
   That those birds were flying.
   Oh, every hut
Has grown so sad,
The whole family of ours
  Was dying of hunger.
Only Mother alone was left
To resurrect her beloved land
    From the pack of crows.
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Ivan Novobranets
Folk Art painter
from Poltava oblast, Ukraine

HOLODOMOR FOLK ART PAINTINGS BY IVAN NOVOBRANETS This painting shows  Ivan Novobranets'  hometown of Berezotocha, Ukraine.
The cemetery is shown where famine victims were buried. Often, there were twelve bodies buried in one grave with no coffins. Ivan's older brother died during Holodomor from dysentery when he was seven years old. This painting is in honor of his elder brother who was also named Ivan.                                     
                          
 
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March 17, 2011

 
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