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Soviet Russian artist Ksenia Nechitailo

Soviet Russian artist Ksenia Nechitailo

Letter. 1967. Oil, canvas. Painting by Soviet Russian artist Ksenia Nechitailo (born 1942)

Soviet Russian artist Ksenia Nechitailo

Born in 1942, Ksenia Nechitailo graduated from the State Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov of the USSR Academy of Arts, with honors. Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1969, her paintings are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the art galleries of Orenburg, Vologda, Perm, Krasnoyarsk and other cities.
In one of her first paintings “Letter” (1967) the artist most frankly “expressed” her fascination with Russian art of the early twentieth century. An uncomplicated plot, a rough deformation of a a woman’s figure reading letter, ridiculous, at first glance, combinations of colors – all this resembles the “folk-tray style” of neo-primitivistic portraits. In such a frank demonstration of the beloved aesthetic prototypes, we see a kind of challenge to the modern pictorial school, and the artist’s right to be fascinated with the style of the past.
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Soviet Tuvan folk master Dongak Okaanchik 1896-1972

Soviet Tuvan folk master Dongak Okaanchik 1896-1972. Photo - tuvaonline.ru

Red Army soldier figure. Work by Soviet Tuvan folk master Dongak Okaanchik 1896-1972. Photo – tuvaonline.ru

Soviet Tuvan folk master Dongak Okaanchik 1896-1972

One of the original Tuvan folk masters, the name of Dongak Okaanchik stands alongside such celebrated carvers and stone-cutters who glorified Tuva far beyond Russia, like Hertec Toybuhaa, Mongush Cherzy, Raisa Arakchaa, Kogel Saaya, and others.
Okaanchik lived a long life (1896-1972). Born in a country that was part of China, he saw the formation of the young state of the People’s Republic of China, and witnessed how a small republic became part of the vast country of the USSR. His works – a sculpture of small form of wood and traditional musical instruments – are well known to serious connoisseurs of applied art in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and other large cities of Russia. And one of the works of the Tuvan master, “Devig” is in the Kunstkammer in St. Petersburg.
In fact, in the 1960s, during the heyday of culture in the Tuva ASSR, his works repeatedly participated at major all-Union exhibitions of Soviet Art in Moscow and Leningrad. At present, the largest collection of works by the master Okaanchik is in the funds of National museum of Tuva.
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Soviet artist Georgy Alekseev 1881-1951

Soviet artist Georgy Alekseev 1881-1951

The image of Stalin in painting “Triumph of the masses”. 1930s. Soviet artist Georgy Alekseev 1881-1951

Soviet artist Georgy Alekseev
Famous Soviet sculptor, painter and graphic artist, Georgy Dmitrievich Alekseev (1881-1951) was one of the most passionate and talented propagandists of the Marxist-Leninist ideas of the 1920s-1930s. He was not only a witness, but also a living participant of the Russian revolution. Alekseev graduated from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he studied in the workshops of I. Repin, S. Korovin, and N. Kasatkin. In 1907 he became the creator of one of his first busts of Karl Marx, commissioned by the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP). In 1924 he became the author of his most famous work – “The Calling Leader”, replicated in hundreds of copies in the squares, railway stations, museums and squares of many cities of the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, in the early 1920s he collaborated with V.V. Mayakovsky and M.M. Cheremnykh in the “Windows of Satire ROSTA”. Noteworthy, in 1923 he created the poster “Ultimatum”, mentioned by N. Ostrovsky in the novel “How the Steel Was Tempered”.
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Soviet artist Mikhail Abakumov 1948-2010

Soviet artist Mikhail Abakumov

Herbs of summer. 1987. Painting by Soviet artist Mikhail Abakumov (1948-2010)

Soviet artist Mikhail Abakumov was a deep patriot of his country, his “small homeland” – Kolomna, delicately felt the history of the region, sang its beauty and uniqueness. The master defines his “creative credo” as follows: “Painting is a way of life. It gives strength to live and stay in a good mood. Painting comes from the word “alive” (in Russian). My credo in painting: to sing the world of God in its beauty, in its harmony, and in its light. If I can get the light of God, then it will be a great happiness … The main thing in life is not to get depressed. Optimism will save us.”
Born in 1948 in Kolomna, Abakumov studied at the Moscow Art and Industrial School named after Kalinin. Then, in 1977, he graduated from the art faculty of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography, the studio of professors I.A. Shpinel and G.A. Myasnikov.
In 1983 he worked in the creative workshops of the Academy of Arts of the USSR under the leadership of famous Soviet artists academicians AP. And S.P. Tkachev and A.M. Gritsai.
Member of the Union of Artists of Russia since 1980. In 1985 and 1987 he received diplomas of the Academy of Arts of the USSR.
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Soviet Russian artist Alexandr Moravov 1878-1951

Soviet Russian artist Alexandr Moravov 1878-1951

Village girl. Soviet Russian artist Alexandr Moravov 1878-1951

Soviet Russian artist Alexandr Moravov
Alexander Viktorovich Moravov was one of the artists who brought in the Russian painting of the XX century the tradition of “peasant genre”, going from the Wanderers. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1946). Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1949). Alexander Moravov was born in the village of Velikaya Motovilovka in the former province of Kiev. His father, a well-educated man, was fond of art, and he was friends with such famous artists as N.N. Ge and M.A. Vrubel.
Surrounded by the creative atmosphere, the boy started drawing very early. Since 1888, he studied at the Kiev Art School, headed by N.I. Murashko. In 1897-1902 he studied at the Moscow University of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, workshops of N.A. Kasatkin, K.A. Korovin, A.M. Korin and A.E. Arkhipov, who had a particularly great influence on the young man.
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Soviet Russian painter Tatyana Fyodorova

Soviet Russian painter Tatyana Fyodorova

Three Graces. 1989. Oil on canvas. Soviet Russian painter Tatyana Fyodorova

Soviet Russian painter Tatyana Fyodorova – Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1980 and Member of the International Federation of Artists of UNESCO.
Born in 1952 in Peterhof, Leningrad, Tatyana Sergeyevna Fyodorova studied at the Secondary Art School of Ilya Repin in 1970. And in 1977 she graduated from the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of I. Repin. She studied in the workshop of monumental painting led by Professor A. A. Mylnikov. After graduation she worked at the same institute, first as an assistant trainee at the Institute (1978-1979) and later as teacher of drawing (1978-1981). A many-awarded artist, she first received her award in 1978 – II prize at the Republican Youth Exhibition. Then followed the Diploma of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1979), II Prize at the 7th Academic All-Union Exhibition of Young Artists and III Prize and Diploma of the Union of Artists of the USSR at the All-Union Youth Exhibition (all in 1982). Also, in 1984 she received two international awards, including Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the exhibition “Traditions and Search” (Spring Salon, Grand Palais, Paris) and The World Exhibition in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. In addition, among her numerous Soviet awards are Prize of the Central Committee of the Komsomol of Leningrad (1985) and Diploma at the VII Republican exhibition of Russian artists (1986). Noteworthy, her painting “At The Mirror” was bought by the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (1988).
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Soviet Azerbaijani artist Sattar Bahlulzade 1909-1974

Soviet Azerbaijani artist Sattar Bahlulzade 1909-1974

Bilgah. 1972. Oil on canvas. Painting by Soviet Azerbaijani artist Sattar Bahlulzade (December 15, 1909 – October 14, 1974)

Soviet Azerbaijani artist Sattar Bahlulzade (December 15, 1909 – October 14, 1974, Moscow) – People’s Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR, laureate of the State Prize of the Azerbaijan SSR. Known for his landscapes, dedicated to the nature of Azerbaijan, many of his works are in the style of impressionism.
The nature of Azerbaijan is fabulously beautiful in the artist’s canvases. Its spacious landscapes-panoramas, like wide-open windows, open the world of beauty, harmony and happiness. They are always mobile, trembling, as if filled with the living breathing of the earth. Hills, flowering trees, water and sky in the landscape of “Bilgah” (1972) merge into a single poetic element. The canvas is written in the usual for the artist, almost watercolor in its transparency, a distinct, moving a stroke that reveals the rhythmic structure of the picture.
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