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Soviet Armenian artist Martiros Saryan

Soviet Armenian artist Martiros Saryan. Self-Portrait with a mask. Oil. 1943

Self-Portrait with a mask. Oil. 1943. Soviet Armenian artist Martiros Saryan (1880 — 1972)

Soviet Armenian artist Martiros Saryan
According to the artist himself, in his long life, he experienced a lot of grief and a lot of fun. He witnessed two world wars, and fought against the worst enemy of mankind – fascism. In the Soviet Army in the Great Patriotic War fought his son. The artist has painted dozens of portraits of war heroes. Saryan lived through the death of his beloved son, the death of many of his paintings. I do not know the artist more sunny than Martiros Saryan. And the bright, sparkling view of the world, a striking sense of light and color and love for his native Armenia, he had inherited from his parents, because he was born and raised in Russia. He studied painting in Moscow in the workshops of Soviet Russian artists Serov and Korovin, and only as an adult, twenty-year-old, he first visited the homeland of their ancestors – Armenia. And became sick of this country forever. Despite the fact that he had to go to Cairo and in the sultry and mysterious Tehran and multifaceted Constantinople, lived and worked in the Mecca of artists – Paris, he has always been irresistibly drawn to his homeland.
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Soviet artist Alexander Laktionov

Soviet artist Alexander Laktionov. Letter from the front, 1947

Soviet artist Alexander Laktionov. Letter from the front, 1947

Soviet artist Alexander Laktionov – Academician of the USSR Academy of Arts (1958), Corresponding Member (1949), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1969), laureate of the Stalin Prize of the first degree (1948) and the RSFSR State Prize of Repin (1971). Laktionov was a versatile artist, he was equally good at genre paintings, portraits and landscapes. Actually, it would be enough for him even one painting to remain forever in the history of painting, and in the country’s history. When his painting of 1947 “Letter from the Front” appeared on the show, there was an amazing event, which for a long time did not know Russian art. To a large exhibition, many viewers came for one picture. To it was devoted more than half of entries in the exhibition guest book. Soon the picture took place at the Tretyakov Gallery, the artist received the Stalin Prize for it, and its reproduction dispersed throughout the country, making name of Laktionov well-known.
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Soviet artist Porphyry Krylov

Self portrait. Soviet artist Porphyry Krylov

Self portrait. Soviet artist Porphyry Krylov (9 August 1902 – 15 May 1990)

Soviet artist Porphyry Krylov (9 August 1902 – 15 May 1990) was a member of the creative team Kukryniksy. People’s Artist of the USSR (1958), member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1947), Laureate of Lenin (1965), five of Stalin (1942, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951), the USSR State Prize (1975), Hero of Socialist Labor (1972). Works by Soviet artist Porphyry Krylov were exhibited at many art exhibitions in Russia and abroad. They are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Art Museum in Tula, in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and other foreign museums and private collections.
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Soviet painter Larisa Kirillova

Soviet painter Larisa Kirillova. . Self-portrait. 1974

Soviet painter Larisa Kirillova. Self-portrait. 1974

Russian Soviet painter Larisa Kirillova (nee Kotova) – Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1987), Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1988), member of the Russian Academy of Arts, a member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists (before 1992 – the Leningrad branch of the Union artists of the RSFSR). Head teacher of the St. Petersburg State Academic Art Lyceum. Her works are in the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, in Art museums and private collections in Russia and abroad.
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Soviet artist Viktor Kabanov

Lady, 1960s. Oil on canvas. Soviet artist Viktor Kabanov

Lady, 1960s. Oil on canvas. Painting by Soviet artist Viktor Kabanov

Soviet artist Viktor Kabanov (1924 – 2007) was born 16 January 1924, in a small village of Lapshinovka of Vyazovsky district of Saratov region. He was a member of the USSR Union of Artists, participant of the Great Patriotic War. After the war, wounded in the leg and shell-shocked, he returned to his native Saratov, where he studied at the Saratov school I. Shcheglov. C 1948 studied at the Moscow Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts in VG Odintsov Moscow State Art Institute. IN AND. Surikov, at PI Kotova. Author thematic paintings, portraits, Kabanov – participant of republican, all-Union and foreign exhibitions since 1953. From 1968 to 1969. Kabanov has taught at the National School of Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1968-1969). The artworks are located in the Krasnoyarsk Museum of Art, as well as in private collections in Russia and abroad: Germany, Japan, Sweden, Vietnam, Cambodia. V.Kabanov lived in Italy, was a friend of Renato Guttuso. For a long time, up to 200-s taught privately and produced a lot of very good artists. He died in 2007.
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Soviet artist Dmitry Zhilinsky

Soviet artist Dmitry Zhilinsky (1927 – 2015). Gymnasts of the USSR. 1962. Tempera on wood. State Russian museum, St. Petersburg

Gymnasts of the USSR. 1962. Tempera on wood. State Russian museum, St. Petersburg. Soviet artist Dmitry Zhilinsky (1927 – 2015)

Soviet artist Dmitry Zhilinsky (1927-2015) focused his creativity on the eternal values ​​of the universe, nature, culture, moral and spiritual foundations of personality. Author of numerous innovative scene paintings, portraits, in which successfully reinterpreted the tradition of ancient Russian icon painting and early Renaissance painting. Dmitry Zhilinsky was the Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1988), Corresponding Member (1978), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1987), the winner of the RSFSR State Prize of Ilya Repin (1985) and the State Prize of Russia (1999), Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1954.
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Building New Country Soviet Youth

Building New Country Soviet Youth. Painting by Soviet artist KA Vyalov (1900-1976).

Building New Country Soviet Youth. KA Vyalov (1900-1976). Painting by Soviet artist KA Vyalov (1900-1976). “Magnitostroy”. 1948. Oil on canvas

The theme of Komsomol and Building New Country Soviet Youth have been widely presented in Soviet art. It was born back in the 1920s, at the time of formation of Soviet art, loudly sounded in the 1950s and became one of the leading. Revealing the nature of modernity, this topic as a reassuring leitmotif went through the labor theme, one of the most important in Soviet art – labor of Azerbaijani oil workers, the Uzbek cotton growers, the Baltic fishermen, Yakut hunters, Georgian metallurgists, Ukrainian grain farmers, and textile workers of Ivanovo. Youth Theme sounds pathetic in posters calling to the struggle for peace, and in the paintings devoted to the Soviet Army. Fresh lyrical notes to the theme brings genre painting, depicting the young contemporary – builder of a new society.
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