Cactus Gallery LA
PANNOCHKA by artist Olga Ponomarenko
Oil on canvas, 20” x 10”
The work is based on the horror story "Viy" written by Ukrainian/Russian writer Gogol in 1835. The girl in the painting was a witch who gave her soul to the devil. She was described as beautiful and deadly, and was a young version of Gogol's witch in the story.
Scholars believe that the conception of Viy may have been at least partially based on old folk tradition surrounding St. Cassian the Unmerciful.