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Soviet theater and film actress Kyunna Ignatova

Soviet theater and film actress Kyunna Ignatova (26 September 1935 - 21 February 1988)

One of the most beautiful women of the time, Soviet theater and film actress Kyunna Ignatova (26 September 1935 – 21 February 1988)

Soviet theater and film actress Kyunna Ignatova
Born on September 26, 1935 in Moscow, in the family of a ballerina and an academician, Kyunna Ignatova was half Sakha (Yakut). Although given the name Galina at baptism, officially she was registered as Kunna, which means “sunny” in Yakut. However “sunny” name did not work that name – her creative career was neither bright nor sunny: there were too many “clouds” in her life, and as a result – an early death.
In the summer of 1953, after graduating from the ten-year school, Kyunna Ignatova entered the Shchukin Theater School, the course of Cecilia Mansurova (later another teacher – Iosif Rapoport). Already a year after entering the school Ignatova received a role. It was Leonid Gaidai who found the actress for the role of Lyana, or Lenutsia in the film “Lyana”.

Frankly, the film did not become a revelation, but what’s important is that thanks to the film Gaidai and Ignatova became friends. And two years later they met again on the same set. And this time Gaidai acted as the main director, and Ignatova was again the performer of the main role. It’s about the film “Long Way”, which became the directorial debut of Gaidai.
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Soviet Russian actress Elena Bushueva-Tsekhanskaya

Soviet Russian actress Elena Bushueva-Tsekhanskaya

Was there Carotin? 1989 film directed by Gennady Polok. Soviet Russian actress Elena Bushueva-Tsekhanskaya

Soviet Russian actress Elena Bushueva-Tsekhanskaya
Born on January 26, 1960, Elena Bushueva-Tsekhanskaya – the famous dubbing actress. In fact, everyone in the Soviet Union knew and loved her voice, which literally hypnotized everyone. However, few knew her face. And the riddle is simple. She was the voice of the first Brazilian TV series shown in the USSR (16 October 1986).
In fact, “Slave Izaura” was incredibly popular among Soviet people. Firstly, the positive heroine was an honest, unhappy and oppressed girl (voiced by Elena Bushueva). Secondly, it stigmatized slavery. And third, it was the first soap opera in the USSR.
Meanwhile, specially for the USSR, the telenovela was re-assembled into a format more customary for the Soviet viewer – 15 series for 60-70 minutes. The first 5 series of the television series appeared on Central Television on October 16-20, 1988, the sequel – February 26 – March 7, 1989. And in September 1990, at the request of viewers, the Central television repeated the series.
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Soviet Belarusian artist Leonid Dmitrievich Shchemelyov

Painting by Soviet Belarusian artist Leonid Dmitrievich Shchemelyov (born 5 February 1923)

Svetlana. 1975 (artist’s wife). Painting by Soviet Belarusian artist Leonid Dmitrievich Shchemelyov (born 5 February 1923)

Soviet Belarusian artist Leonid Dmitrievich Shchemelyov
Born February 5, 1923 in Vitebsk, Leonid Dmitrievich Shchemelyov turns 95 years old this year. He is one of the greatest masters of Belarusian fine arts, a teacher. People’s Artist of the BSSR (1983), Honored Artist of the BSSR, and laureate of the State Prize of the BSSR (1982).
Being a native of Vitebsk (1923), most of his life he lives in Minsk. In 1959 he graduated from the Belarusian State Theater and Art Institute, painting department. From that time up to now, Shchemelyov is a participant of almost all Belarusian republican exhibitions. Also, exhibitions of Soviet art in the USSR – RSFSR, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Ukraine. Besides, his works appeared in the exhibitions of Soviet Belarusian artists abroad. In particular, in England, Austria, Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria, Hungary, the GDR, West Berlin, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Poland, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, and Japa.
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Soviet artist Vasily Nikolayevich Yakovlev 1893 -1953

Soviet artist Vasily Nikolayevich Yakovlev

Stalin Generalissimo of the Soviet Union. 1945. Soviet artist Vasily Nikolayevich Yakovlev (2 January 1893 – 29 June 1953)

Soviet artist Vasily Nikolayevich Yakovlev
Born on January 2 (14), 1893 in Moscow, Vasily Nikolayevich Yakovlev was a Soviet painter, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1943) and Laureate of two Stalin Prizes (1943, 1949).
The boy grew up in a wealthy merchant family. Since 1911 he studied at the Physics and Mathematics Faculty of Moscow University, simultaneously visiting the art studio of VN Meshkov. Just before the Great October revolution, in 1917, he graduated from the Moscow University of painting, sculpture and architecture. In the university, his teachers were famous Russian artists Konstantin Korovin, AE Arkhipov, SV Malyutin, and others.
Vasily Yakovlev taught at VKhUTEMAS (1918-1922), at Moscow Institute of Arts (1934-1936), and Moscow State Institute of Architecture and Art named after VI Surikov (1948-1950). And in 1922 he became a member of Union of artists of Revolutionary Russia (AHRR).
After the great Patrotic war, in 1947 he became a full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. From 1926 to 1932 he worked as an artist-restorer in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Besides, since 1930 he was in charge of the restoration department. In addition, in 1938-1939 and 1949-1950 served as the main artist of the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition. Yakovlev proved his high official status with heroic portraits of the period of World War II. Also, the artist enthusiastically acted as a teacher. In particular, he taught since 1918 in the Free Art Studios, the Surikov Institute and other colleges.
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Soviet Belarusian painter Eduard Belagurov 1947-1998

Painting by Soviet Belarusian painter Eduard Belagurov (November 27, 1947 - May 17, 1998)

Surgeons. Operation. 1981. Painting by Soviet Belarusian painter Eduard Belagurov (November 27, 1947 – May 17, 1998)

Soviet Belarusian painter Eduard Belagurov
Born in Bobruisk, Belarus, USSR, Eduard Alexeyevich Belagurov was a Soviet painter, member of the USSR Union of Artists (1977). In 1974 he graduated from the department of monumental and decorative painting of the Belarusian State Theater and Art Institute. Currently, his works are in the National Art Museum of Belarus, Museum of Modern Art in Minsk, the funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists and the Ministry of Culture of Russia.
The artist has participated in the exhibitions of Soviet Art since 1975, awarded a diploma of the USSR Academy of Arts (1980). Meanwhile, already in the early works Eduard Belagurov manifested his civic position and the desire to raise actual problems of history and modernity in his art. He worked in easel painting in genres of figurative paintings and portraits. Among his major works: “Autumn cross” (1975), “Early Spring” (1976), “Conversation” (1982), “Dialogue” (1982), “Children of War”, “The Return”, “Surgeons. Operation” (the above image), and others.
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Soviet Russian actress Natalya Egorova

Soviet Russian actress Natalya Egorova

Born 22 August 1950, Stavropol, the USSR, Soviet Russian actress Natalya Egorova

Soviet Russian actress Natalya Egorova

Since her father was a Soviet officer, the family often moved to different cities. In particular, they lived long enough in Central Asia. However, because of the suspicion of tuberculosis in the daughter, her parents decided to change the climate and go north. Fortunately, in a colder climate, the disease really receded.
In the school days she loved to play sports, sing, participate in theatrical productions and various concerts. For this she was often called an actress, but in reality she did not think about her career as an actress. After graduating from school, she intended to enter the institute, but suddenly changed her mind and went to the Irkutsk Theater School.
A gifted girl fell to the taste of the admissions committee. She entered the school from the first attempt, but a year later she decided to go to Moscow. However, in the capital, success did not smile: she could not enter any of the Moscow theater schools. Nevertheless, luck still found her – she attracted the attention of the television crew. They offered her a small role in the film “The City of First Love.” She agreed and as a result was able to stay in Moscow for a year. This whole year she not only worked, but also trained diligently in the studio, which operated under the “Central House of Creativity”. A year later she still entered the “School-Studio of the Moscow Art Theater».
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Soviet artist Viktor Mikhailovich Oreshnikov 1904-1987

Painting by Soviet artist Viktor Mikhailovich Oreshnikov (20 January 1904 - 15 March 1987)

Portrait of actress Lyudmila Chursina. 1980. Painting by Soviet artist Viktor Mikhailovich Oreshnikov (20 January 1904 – 15 March 1987)

Soviet artist Viktor Mikhailovich Oreshnikov
Born 20 January 1904 in Perm, Viktor Mikhailovich Oreshnikov – Soviet painter, teacher, and master of portrait. Candidate of Art History (1937), Corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947) and Doctor of Art History (1948). Besides, he was the winner of the Stalin Prize of the third degree (1948) for the painting “VI Lenin at the exam at the Petersburg University” (1947). In addition, the winner of the Stalin Prize of the third degree (1950) for the painting “At the headquarters of the defense of Petrograd” (1949). Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1954) and People’s Artist of the USSR (1969).
First, Oreshnikov received an art education in the Perm Art College (1924). Next, in 1927 he graduated from the Leningrad Higher Art and Technical Institute, and Academy of Arts (1933-1936). Noteworthy, his teachers were prominent Soviet masters Konstantin Petrov-Vodkin and I. I. Brodsky.
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