Soviet Art

USSR Culture

Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures

Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures

Smile. Artists Kaleria and Boris Kukuliev. Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures

Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures
The world’s first cosmonaut – the man who left the Earth’s atmosphere and ventured into outer space Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin. Не is а hero whose name has gone down in history ..
The hero’s life resembles а lens which focuses the fate of а people, а thorny way of science, the voice of poetry and strivings of the human intellect. These beautiful lacquer miniatures explain the essence of the Russian man, in particular Yuri Gagarin. His soul, woven of many threads – fairy tales of childhood, dreams, heroes and ideals. None of the miniatures has a specific name, but the plots of these miniatures clearly show the history of the Russian people, whose glorious son was Yuri Gagarin.
Gagarin’s history is inseparable from the history of the country and his great compatriots Lomonosov, Pushkin, Tsiolkovsky, and Chkalov. His fate is inseparable from the conquest of the revolution, the young Soviet country and its achievements in the fields of energy, construction, and engineering. Without the first five-year plans and hard work, there would be no success in cosmonautics.

Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures

Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures

The artists соme from the famous village of Palekh in the Ivanovo Region. Kaleria and Boris Kukuliev both hold the title of Honoured Artist of the RSFSR, besides, Boris has also won а Leninist Komsomol prize. Oleg Аn, the third of the trio, belongs to the younger generation of Palekh artists. Palekh lacquered miniature paintings stem from the centuries-old Russian art of icon painting, but they have enriched modern art by introducing fairy-tale characters, poetic approaches, broad generalizations, picturesque landscapes and ornaments.

Albert Likhanov, the author of the text, has written many books intended for young people and is а prize-winner of the RSFSR prize and the Leninist Komsomol.

Source:
The book album devoted to Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin created by the writer Albert Likhanov and Palekh artists Kaleria and Boris Kukuliev and Oleg An. Moscow. Molodaya Gvardia. 1982

Yuri Gagarin in Soviet Palekh lacquer miniatures