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Soviet artist Vladimir Boborykin

A woman in a black shawl. Sketch for the painting 'Mother'. 1968. Soviet artist Vladimir Boborykin

A woman in a black shawl. Sketch for the painting ‘Mother’. 1968. Soviet artist Vladimir Boborykin

Soviet artist Vladimir Boborykin

Born in 1922 in the village of Levkovo of Moscow region, Vladimir Mikhailovich Boborykin grew up in a family of a carpenter. According to the artist, he began drawing very early and already as a schoolboy was a recognized artist. Soon the family moved to Moscow. There the young artist became acquainted with the “peredvizhniki”, the popular artists of the time. In 1939 he entered Moscow Art school, where his teachers were such Soviet artists as Ye. Pochitalov, V. Dobroserdov and A. Khazanov. In 1941 Boborykin, like many of his contemporaries went to the front. After the war, in autumn of 1948 he became a student of Leningrad Art Instituite of Ilya Repin, workshop of Boris Ioganson. He graduated from the institute in 1954 with the thesis work “L.T. Kosmodemyanskaya at the Warsaw Peace Congress”. In search of characters for his paintings he went to Tadjikistan, where he found the heroes of socialist labor at the great construction sites. Among them are steel workers, builders, cotton growers and shepherds. For ten years, since 1954 to 1964 the artist taught art in Stalinabad (Dushanbe) art school and participated in exhibitions of Soviet Art.
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1950s All-Union exhibitions of Soviet Art

1950s All-Union exhibitions of Soviet Art

Work by Soviet artist K. Kazanchan. Expanse, 1955. 1950s All-Union exhibitions of Soviet Art

All-Union exhibitions of Soviet Art

The All-Union Art Exhibition dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution was held from November 5, 1957 to March 16, 1958 in Moscow at the Central Exhibition Hall. Also, at the USSR Academy of Arts, in the House of Artists, in the exhibition hall of the USSR Union of Artists and in several other halls of the capital. The exhibition became the largest event of the year in contemporary Soviet and European fine arts.
Republican exhibition committees, composed of the most respected experts carried out the direct selection of works for the exhibition. In total, they selected over 5500 works for exhibiting and published an illustrated catalog of the exhibition.
In total, 2142 artists from all republics of the USSR took part in the exhibition. Noteworthy, most of the works were previously shown at city, regional and republican exhibitions of 1957. Many of them subsequently ended up in the collections of art museums, as well as acquired by the RSFSR Art Fund, domestic and foreign galleries and collectors.
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Soviet Russian sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov

Konstantin Batyushkov monument. Soviet Russian sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov

Konstantin Batyushkov monument. Work by Soviet Russian sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov (19 October 1939 — 2 June 2006)

The USSR State Prize laureate, Soviet Russian sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov (19 October 1939 — 2 June 2006)

Born into a peasant family, Vyacheslav Klykov grew up in the remote village of Myrmyzhi, Kursk Region. He studied at the construction college and the Kursk Pedagogical Institute. In 1968 he graduated from the sculpture faculty of the Surikov Art Institute, workshops of Nikolai Tomsky and Matvey Manizer.

According to Klykov himself, such sculptors as Alexander Matveev, Sergey Konenkov and Georgy Motovilov influenced him. The first work of Klykov was the composition “Youth”, depicting a boy with a foal.
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Soviet artist Mikhail Arkadievich Suzdaltsev 1917-1998

Soviet artist Mikhail Arkadievich Suzdaltsev 1917-1998

To school tomorrow. 1957. Oil on canvas. Painting by Soviet artist Mikhail Arkadievich Suzdaltsev (22 January 1917 – 9 January 1998)

Soviet artist Mikhail Arkadievich Suzdaltsev

Born 22 January 1917 in Sudogda, Vladimir province Suzdaltsev is a famous Sovie painter. He studied at the Odessa art school in 1935-38. Next, he studied (1938-48) at the Moscow art Institute, workshop of I. Surikov, Pokarzhevsky, A. A. Osmerkin, G. M. Shegal (diploma painting – “A.M. Gorky and Ya. M. Sverdlov on the Volga”).
Since 1948, he has been a regular participant in art exhibitions, specializing in thematic paintings and landscapes. Member of the USSR Union of artists, he was an Honored artist of the RSFSR. Noteworthy, in 1951 he became the winner of the Stalin prize of the II degree (1951) for the picture “Power to the Soviets – peace to the peoples” (1950, with co-authors).
Suzdaltsev lived and worked in Moscow until his death on January 9, 1998. His works are in the state Tretyakov gallery, the State Russian Museum, and the Saratov art Museum of Radishcheva. Also, Ulyanovsk regional art Museum, Sochi art Museum, Odessa art Museum and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda Museum-reserve. In addition, in private collections in Russia, Japan, USA, England, Germany and Norway.
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Soviet Art for XXII Moscow Olympiad

Soviet Art for XXII Moscow Olympiad

E. T. Migunov. Picture for the booklet ‘Welcome’. Soviet Art for XXII Moscow Olympiad

Soviet Art for XXII Moscow Olympiad
Games of the XXII Olympiad, held in July-August 1980 in Moscow, have already become history. But in the memory of thousands of athletes participating in the competition, Muscovites and guests who have come to our country from many countries, hundreds of millions of TV viewers, they will forever remain a holiday of youth and health. Also, the clearest proof of how friendly and fruitful people can live and work together, cooperate and compete regardless of nationality and skin color.
The capital of the USSR was the first city of the socialist state in which the Olympic Games were held, the largest sports competitions of our time. Admittedly, they were a great success. Soviet art masters made an important contribution to the atmosphere of festivity and hospitality that distinguished the Games. Among them designers, monumentalists, graphic artists, painters, sculptors, poster and applied artists.
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Soviet Russian painter Nikolay Kasatkin 1859-1930

Soviet Russian painter Nikolay Kasatkin

The rivals. 1989. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Soviet Russian painter Nikolay Kasatkin (1859-1930)

Soviet Russian painter Nikolay Kasatkin

In December 1859, in the house of the philistine engraver Alexei Kasatkin was born a son, called Nikolay. The house stood in a vacant lot, behind a large mansion of a noble man. But the splendorof the mansion only emphasized the poverty, filth and gray dilapidated houses of Grachevka, where the poor settled. The boy grew up recalling pictures of people’s lives from childhood. He recalled gloomy workers, pale faces of working women, heard drunken songs, quarrels of shopkeepers and craftsmen. But it was here, in the line, that he began to love the working people.
The boy started drawing early. His father beautifully reproduced drawings on wood and stone and was in fact, the best engraver in Moscow. In addition, he taught drawing, and little Kolya studied with his students.
Fourteen-year-old Kolya entered the Art School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where his teachers were outstanding artists of Russia V. Perov and A. Savrasov.
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Soviet Russian artist Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov

Soviet Russian artist Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov

Charming peasant girl. 1945. Oil on canvas. Painting by Soviet Russian artist Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov (March 1870 – August 1958)

Soviet Russian artist Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov

“I like to picture ordinary people not only in work, but also to show their cheerfulness, fun, and games. I think that in this inexhaustible optimism of a simple Russian man is his great creative power, firm belief in a happy future”the artist wrote.
Born in a poor peasant family, early orphaned, Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov spent his childhood in the small village of Kochelayevo, Narovchatsky district, now located on the territory of the Republic of Mordovia. Sychkov showed his ability to paint in early childhood, but how could a simple peasant’s son count on learning the skill of an artist in the Drawing School, or even more so in the Higher Art School at the Academy of Arts? No, of course, this could only happen in a fairy tale. So, the talented boy painted icons, landscapes and portraits of fellow villagers. Fortunately, the fame of him went far beyond the icon-painting studio. In 1937 he became Honored Artist of the Mordovian ASSR, and in 1950 awarded the title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR.
Fedot Vasilyevich Sychkov (1870-1958) – Russian (Soviet) artist, Honored Artist of the Mordovian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1937), Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1950), People’s Artist of the Mordovian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1955).
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