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Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov 1916-1995

Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov 1916-1995

Red twilight. 1969. Painting by Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov 1916-1995

Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov – representative of socialist realism. People’s Artist of the USSR (1986), he was the winner of the Stalin Prize of the third degree (1952).
Known mainly as a landscape painter, Shcherbakov worked in the genre of historical painting, portrait, and still life. Participated in exhibitions since 1939. He received the last Stalin Prize together with a group of artists for the painting “Meeting of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences.” Also, he was the Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1973).
Born March 25 (April 7) in 1916 in Petrograd, Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov grew up in the family of the artist VS Shcherbakov, a pupil of Ilya Repin. In 1933 he entered the All-Russian Academy of Arts, from which he successfully graduated in 1939. He studied in the workshops of I. Brodsky, V. Yakovlev, and P. Shukhmin.

April sun. 1975

April sun. 1975. Painting by Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov 1916-1995

The Great Patriotic War began for the artist in the role of a sapper, who mined the approaches to Moscow in 1941. Subsequently, Shcherbakov continued his service in the acting army in the role of a front-line artist, performing more than eighty works on front-line topics.

Diploma work of Boris Shcherbakov “The editorial office of the Pravda newspaper, the year 1917”, shown at the All-Union exhibition in Moscow, and the reproduction of which appeared in the magazine “Ogonyok.” Meanwhile, magazine “Ogonek” published many works of the artist. Besides, his paintings were presented as gifts to foreign diplomatic delegations and missions, and actively sold abroad. In fact, the creative heritage of Shcherbakov is scattered all over the world – from New York to Tokyo.

Currently, Boris Shcherbakov’s paintings are in many museums of the former USSR, including the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum. In addition, in regional museums, and many museums around the world, in diplomatic and state offices, including the US Congress, and the White House.

Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov died on July 25, 1995, was buried in Moscow at the Vagankovskoye cemetery near his father.

Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov

Soviet artist Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov

Boris Valentinovich Shcherbakov. Illustrated album. Soviet Artist. 1978. Moscow