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Soviet artist Yuri Pimenov

Wedding on tomorrow street. 1962. Soviet artist Yuri Pimenov

Wedding in tomorrow street. 1962. Painting by Soviet artist Yuri Pimenov

Soviet artist Yuri Pimenov (1903 – 1977) was a stage designer, graphic artist, teacher, professor. Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1962), Corresponding Member (1954), People’s Artist of the USSR (1970), the winner of the Lenin Prize (1967) and two Stalin Prize of the second degree (1947, 1950). Yuri Pimenov was born in Moscow in a family of lawyers. He studied at the 10th Moscow gymnasium. In 1920-1925 he studied at Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops (VHUTEMAS), painting and graphic arts department. From 1923 he worked in magazines. After graduation in 1925, he became one of the founders of the Easel Artists Society.
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Soviet artist Fyodor Reshetnikov

For Peace. 1954. Soviet artist Fyodor Reshetnikov. State Tretyakov Gallery

For Peace! 1954. Soviet artist Fyodor Reshetnikov. State Tretyakov Gallery

Soviet artist Fyodor Reshetnikov
In the Soviet art of the postwar period were relevant pictures on the theme of the struggle for peace and international solidarity of the working people, against imperialism and the threat of a new war, as well as the development of national liberation and the labor movement abroad. This theme, which could be called an international, first received intensive development in biased Russian art from the beginning of the Cold War. The first pictorial approaches to new themes have been associated with the creation of genre paintings, scenes of which were drawn from the Soviet newspaper reports about strikes and demonstrations abroad. An example of this approach is the famous painting of Fyodor Pavlovich Reshetnikov “For Peace!”, awarded the USSR State Prize in 1951. Reshetnikov clearly depicted street worker suburbs of Paris. Away – a demonstration under a red flag. Thus, the demonstration of ideologically correct, and no wonder it dispersed by police. In the foreground – a group of fearlessness children writing on the wall the magic word “Peace.”
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Soviet artist Lidiya Brodskaya

Soviet artist Lidiya Brodskaya. April. 1971. Oil

Soviet artist Lidiya Brodskaya (1910, St. Petersburg – 1991 Leningrad). April. 1971. Oil

Soviet artist Lidiya Brodskaya (1910 -1991) is the author of paintings, lyrical landscapes, devoted to the nature of the Soviet Union – Urals, Siberia, Far East, Ukraine. Lidiya Brodskaya – People’s Artist of the USSR (1980), Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1970), the winner of the RSFSR State Prize of IE Repin. In 1981 she was awarded the silver medal of the USSR Academy of Arts. In 1935-1939 studied in her father’s workshop in Leningrad Academy of Arts. Since 1939, studied in Moscow. She began participating in art exhibitions since 1944. Works of Lydia Brodskaya were exhibited in France (1948), Finland (1950), Poland (1951), India (1951), China (1954), Syria (1955). Solo exhibitions were held in Moscow in 1948, 1949, 1955. Her works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, in the museums of Kiev, Lvov, Chelyabinsk, Astrakhan and other cities of the former USSR.
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Soviet artist Arkady Plastov

Soviet artist Arkady Plastov (1893—1972). Letter. 1971. Oil

Letter. 1971. Oil. Soviet artist Arkady Plastov (1893—1972)

Soviet artist Arkady Plastov (1893 – 1972) – Academician of the USSR Academy of Arts (1947), People’s Artist of the USSR (1962), winner of the Lenin Prize (1966) and the Stalin Prize of the first degree (1946). The main themes of his creativity – rural landscapes, portraits of contemporaries, scenes of peasant life. He has also worked in the field of illustration and easel drawing. During his lifetime, Arkady Plastov was recognized as a classic of Soviet art. His works were published even in school textbooks. Although he painted traditional Soviet pictures depicting Lenin, collective farm holidays, the best of his paintings became classics of Russian art of XX century. He exhibited his works at the exhibitions of the Union of Artists. His works are kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, in Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum, Samara Regional Art Museum and other major museums of the former USSR. Solo exhibitions of AA Plastov were held in Moscow in 1976, 1983, 1993, 2003 and in Sofia in 1964.
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Soviet artist Georgy Nissky

Autumn. Semaphores, 1932. Soviet artist Georgy Nissky

Autumn. Semaphores, 1932. Painting by Soviet artist Georgy Nissky (January 8, 1903 – June 18, 1987)

Soviet artist Georgy Nissky (January 8, 1903 – June 18, 1987) is considered the founder of the so-called severe style, the master of the industrial landscape. People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1965), winner of the Stalin Prize of the third degree (1951), Member of the USSR Academy of Arts. His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, and in most of the major museums of the former USSR.
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Soviet artist Nikolai Zhukov 1908-1973

Soviet artist Nikolai Zhukov. Artist of the USSR Boris Livanov

People’s Artist of the USSR Boris Livanov. Painting by Soviet artist Nikolai Zhukov

Soviet artist Nikolai Zhukov (1908-1973) – People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1955), People’s Artist of the USSR (1963), winner of two Stalin Prize of the second degree (1943, 1951), member of the CPSU (b) since 1945, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1949). A large part of the artist’s work is devoted to the life and work of Lenin, Stalin, the Great Patriotic War. He painted beautiful watercolors, children’s portraits. Author of dozens of posters, many of which are marked with the “Grand Prix” at the All-Union and international exhibitions of poster. After the war, the newspaper “Pravda” sent their correspondent Zhukov to The Nuremberg trials, where the International Military Tribunal tried the Nazi war criminals (11/20/45 – 10/01/46). There he made more than 400 drawings.
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Soviet artist Nikolai Sokolov

Portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky. 1968-1970. Oil. Soviet artist Nikolai Sokolov

Portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky. 1968-1970. Oil. Soviet artist Nikolai Sokolov (8 July 1903 – April 15, 2000)

Soviet artist Nikolai Sokolov
Rightly called a witness of the twentieth century, he could remember every detail of his meetings with Mayakovsky, Gorky, Ilf and Petrov, Shostakovich … He was the oldest member of the Russian Academy of Arts (1947). People’s Artist of the USSR (1958), Hero of Socialist Labor (1973), winner of the Lenin (1965), five of Stalin (1942, 1947, 1949 1950, 1951) and the USSR State Prize (1975), Sokolov worked in the genre of the portrait, caricature, illustrations in the style of socialist realism. He was one of Kukryniksy, the creative team of Soviet graphic artists and painters, in which, apart from him, were full members of the USSR Academy of Arts, People’s Artist of the USSR, Heroes of Socialist Labor M.V. Kupriyanov (1903-1991), and P.N. Krylov. Nikolai Sokolov until the last days of his life continued to paint and retained an incredible clarity of mind. By his 95th anniversary Sokolov has released a book “Sketches from memory.” He died on the absurd randomness from complications after surgery on a broken leg.
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