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Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky 1895-1959

Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky 1895-1959

Street children play cards. 1925. Oil. Tretyakov Gallery. Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky (1895, Nizhny Novgorod – 1959, Moscow)

Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky
Portraits of homeless children, painted by Fyodor Semyonovich Bogorodsky in the mid-1920s, became a significant phenomenon in the history of Soviet Art. A generalized social portrait of a homeless child is a boy of 12-14 years old, whose parents were workers or peasants. In early childhood, children were brought up in complete families, therefore, despite the breaking of the psyche in the hardest conditions of homelessness, many of them were oriented to a worthy future. Particularly, to getting education and a good profession from the child’s point of view that would allow them to live a normal life. However, not everyone was destined to return to normal life. Such was the price for the socio-political upheavals that swept Russia in the first quarter of the 20th century.
In addition, along with homeless children, Fyodor Bogorodsky devoted his paintings to revolutionary sailors.

Glory to fallen heroes. Oil. 1945

Glory to fallen heroes. Oil. 1945

Fyodor Bogorodsky – Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1946), the winner of the Stalin Prize (1946). Corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (since 1947), full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Chairman of the Board of the Moscow Regional Union of Artists (1955 – 1958).

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Moscow University (1917), was fond of futurism, was friends with Veniamin Khlebnikov and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Graduated from VHUTEMAS, the workshop of A.E. Arkhipov (1922 -1924). Bogorodsky worked in Italy, in Capo di Sorrento (1929-1930). Member of art associations “Genesis” (1922), “Fire color” (1925), and Association of Artists of Russia (1924). Besides, he headed the Department of Painting and Drawing at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (1938-1959). Professor, known as a painter, draftsman, theater artist, book graphic artist, and poster artist. Author of portraits, genre and thematic paintings.

Works of F.S. Bogorodsky are kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, as well as in the State Museum of the Revolution and the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow, in the Kiev State Museum of Russian Art and in the collections of many provincial art museums.

Painting Bogorodsky “Sailors in an ambush” was the first work in Soviet painting, vividly captured the heroic images of sailors of the Civil War. It received great fame and was awarded the Prize of the Revolutionary Military Council.

Self-portrait. 1932. Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky

Self-portrait. 1932. Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky

Soviet artist Fyodor Bogorodsky