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Soviet artist Ekaterina Sergeevna Zernova 1900-1995

Soviet artist Ekaterina Sergeevna Zernova (19 April 1900-1995)

Collective farmers welcome tankmen during maneuvers. 1937. Soviet artist Ekaterina Sergeevna Zernova (19 April 1900-1995)

Soviet artist Ekaterina Sergeevna Zernova
Born 19 April 1900, Ekaterina Sergeevna Zernova (Simferopol) – Member of the Moscow Union of Soviet Artists (1932), book illustrator, poster and monumental artist. Daughter of the curator of the Natural History Museum of the Tavrichesky provincial zemstvo. When she was 14 years old, the family moved to Moscow. There she studied in private studio of F.Rerberg (1915-1918). Later, she studied at the State Free Art Studios – Vhutemas (1919-1924). First, it was the workshop of I. Mashkov, and then A. Shevchenko and D. Shterenberg. Meanwhile, alongside with artistic education she studied at the Physics and Mathematics Faculty of Moscow University (1917-1924).
She joined the artistic group OST and in 1925 presented her works at the first exhibition. In the late 1920’s, within the framework of this society she conducted active public work. In particular, she decorated clubs, created wall newspapers, and cartoons. Also, illustrated several books, including children’s books, for the publishing houses “Mediator”, and “Gosizdat”. Engaged in a poster, she led agitation work to combat illiteracy, and even designed the “Poster alphabet.”
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Soviet artist Pyotr Tarasovich Maltsev 1907-1993

Soviet artist Pyotr Tarasovich Maltsev (17 December 1907 - 5 October 1993)

Meeting the heroic crew. 1936. Soviet artist Pyotr Tarasovich Maltsev (17 December 1907 – 5 October 1993)

Soviet artist Pyotr Tarasovich Maltsev

Born 17 December 1907 in Mariupol of Ekaterinoslav province, Pyotr Tarasovich Maltsev was a many awarded Soviet artist working in the genre of socialist realism. A member of the USSR Union of Artists (1932), Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1958) and People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1968).
Pyotr Maltsev graduated from the Zaporozhie Art School (1921-1924), workshop of V.N. Nevsky. After that, studied at the monumental department of the fine art faculty of VKhUTEIN (1924-1930). His teachers were famous Soviet artists P.V. Kuznetsov, V.A. Favorsky, L.A. Bruni, and N.M. Chernyshev. While still a student, Maltsev began participating in the exhibitions of Soviet art (1928).
During the Great Patriotic War Maltsev served as an artist of the cultural enlightenment department of the Northern Fleet. Awarded with the Order of the Red Star and medals. In 1949 he joined the Studio of Military Artists of M.B.Grekov. Awarded with the first degree diploma and the gold medal of the USSR Academy of Arts (1960) for creating the diorama “Sturm of Sapun-mountain” (1959). Also, he received the gold medal of M.B.Grekov (1968) for participation in the reconstruction of the panorama of F.Rubo “The Battle of Borodino” (1967).
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Gallery of paintings by Soviet Tajik artists

Gallery of paintings by Soviet Tajik artists

Ilya Rakhnaev (1934-2003). Cotton growers of collective farm ‘Tajikistan’. 1975. Oil on canvas. Gallery of paintings by Soviet Tajik artists

Gallery of paintings by Soviet Tajik artists
This post features creativity of three Soviet Tajik artists, members of the Union of Artists of the USSR. In particular, Ilya Rakhnaev (1934-2003), Sukhrob Kerbanov (1946-2016) and Abdurakhmon Rakhimov (1933-2000).
The author of the above painting – Ilya Rakhnaev, a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR, the main artist of Dushanbe, and the head artist at the Art Fund of Tajikistan.
Born in 1934 in Tashkent, he successfully graduated from the theatrical art institute and began his creative career in the art fund of Tajikistan. The thirst for knowledge, the desire to see the world and depict what he saw in his paintings, prompted the artist to travel a lot. He creates a series of drawings and sketches depicting the life of the peoples of Central Asia, towns and villages, fortresses and historical monuments. Also, colorful portraits of Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kazakhs, Kirghiz, Gypsies, Jews and other representatives of the East.
Ilya Rakhnaev died suddenly in 2003 in Austria, and buried in the Jewish cemetery in Vienna.
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Paintings by Soviet Azerbaijan artists

Paintings by Soviet Azerbaijan artists

Artist Faik Agayev (born 1943, Baku). Evening over the Kaspian sea. 1979. Paintings by Soviet Azerbaijan artists

Paintings by Soviet Azerbaijan artists
Born in 1943 in Baku, Faik Agayev very early realized that he wanted to devote his life to painting. First, he studied at the Azim Azimzade Art College, and then moved to the capital of the USSR, Moscow. He entered the famous Surikov Institute, which at that time was considered to the most important and best art university in the USSR. It was at that time that he first presented his works for public viewing in the framework of the “Exhibition of Young Artists”. However, in the mid-90s, after the collapse of the USSR, he, like many of his colleagues, moved to Turkey, because he couldn’t earn much on his art those times. Thus, since 1996 F. Agayev lives in Bursa and teaches painting at Uludag University.
The Soviet state propagated the development of national art and encouraged the revival of various forms of national decorative creativity. Noteworthy, the officials freed the Islamic regions from the religious ban on realistic art.
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One-picture artists Soviet art gallery

One-picture artists Soviet art gallery

Fyodor Vasilievich Savostyanov (1924-2012). Kinder garten, 1951. Diploma work at the USSR Academy of Arts. One-picture artists Soviet art gallery

One-picture artists Soviet art gallery
This post features paintings of the various Soviet artists, and the above picture, in particular, belongs to Fedor Vasilyevich Savostyanov (December 23, 1924 – April 2, 2012). He was a Russian Soviet painter, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, and member of the the Leningrad organization of the Union of Artists of the RSFSR.
Born 23 December 1924 in the Bryansk region, he studied at the Odessa Art College. At the age of 17 he volunteered for the front. He fought at Stalingrad, Southern, 4th Ukrainian and 2nd Ukrainian fronts. Wounded three times, he received the Order of the Patriotic War of the 2nd degree, medals “For Courage”, “For the Taking of Budapest”, and “For Victory over Germany”.
After demobilization he entered the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of I. Repin. He studied in the workshops of Leonid Ovsyannikov, Boris Vogel, Alexander Zaitsev and Boris Ioganson. Participated in exhibitions since 1954. Mainly he painted portraits, landscapes, genre and battle paintings. The works of Fyodor Vasilyevich Savostyanov are in the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, in museums and private collections in Russia, Japan, Spain, Ukraine, France and other countries.
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One-picture gallery paintings by Soviet artists

One-picture gallery paintings by Soviet artists

Vladimir Ulyanov (born in 1933, Yaroslavl). My land. 1981. Oil on canvas. One-picture gallery paintings by Soviet artists

One-picture gallery paintings by Soviet artists
The author of the first picture in the gallery of paintings of various Soviet artists – Vladimir Ulyanov. Born October 30, 1933 in Kostroma, he grew up on the Volga. Vladimir’s father was a skipper on a barge and dreamed of seeing his son as captain. However, Vladimir dreamed to become an artist and began to learn painting. First, he studied in the Yaroslavl Art College (1949 -1954), workshop of Soviet artist G.A. Daryin. According to Ulyanov, there he achieved confidence in his skill and defended his diploma with honors.
For several years (1954 -1967) Ulyanov taught at the Yaroslavl Children’s Art School N1. He created a series of portraits of children and adolescents – Yunnatka 1965, Sanka 1970, Our Son 1978, and others. Since the mid-1950s, Ulyanov became a regular participant of not only regional, but also many large and diverse exhibitions: republican, all-Union and international. In addition, his works were exhibited abroad (France, Germany, Great Britain, China, Finland, etc.), and reproduced in various printed publications.
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Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

Memory. 1983. Autolithography. V.S. Vilner. Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings
First of all, the Soviet graphics – a big era, which refers to the period from 1917 to 1991. Also, it includes post-revolutionary, pre-war, military (1941-1945), post-war, thaw (1960s), and stagnation (1980s) periods. Traditionally, the graphics itself realized itself in various forms – illustration, portraits, prints, ex-libris, emblems, drafts of banknotes, stamps, etc. In addition to engraving, traditional types of graphics continued to exist – pencil, charcoal, and pastel.
Numerous portraits of Lenin, the workers, determined to fulfill the plan, occupied prominent places on the pages of newspapers and magazines. But graphic art is diverse, from a newspaper drawing to a book illustration, made in classical techniques of pencil, coal; and subtle, refined color harmonies of watercolors, gouaches and pastels.
Meanwhile, in graphic art appeared a unique image, a personal beginning, caused by the desire for a comprehensive depth of analysis of spiritual processes in the life of modern man. The development of author’s techniques is evidence of the complication of the figurative system in the work of this or that artist.
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