David Zelmanovich Shostak, born in Kiev, 1923. Studied at the Kiev Art Institute. Important shows include ‘All Union Art Exhibition’, Moscow 1951. Specialized in thematic pictures and portraits. This painting was exhibited in 1962 in the major all-artist exhibition in Kiev. According to the daughter of Shostak the ministry of Culture reefed to purchase it at that time since the theme of the painting lacked a clear winner.