The drawing Musician was executed in pencil by Odessa Artist Valentine Ludwig. Valentine Ludwig was a well-known painter of Socialist Realism. Socialist Realism Art was prevailing in the Soviet Union from 1932 to the mid-1980.
Socialist Realism follows the great tradition of 19th century Russian realism in that it purports to be a faithful and objective mirror of life. Socialist Realism thus looks back to Romanticism in that it encourages a certain heightening and idealizing of heroes and events to shape the consciousness of the masses.