Soviet Art

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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 sculptor Mikhail Anikushin 1917-1997

Monument to Lenin on Moscow Square closeup, Soviet sculptor Mikhail Anikushin

Lenin monument, Moscow Square, closeup. Soviet sculptor Mikhail Anikushin (1917 – 1997)

Soviet sculptor Mikhail Anikushin

In 1958, Mikhail Anikushin became a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR and four years later – Academician (1962). He was People’s Artist of the USSR (1963), and Hero of Socialist Labor (1977). Among his awards – the Lenin Prize (1958) and the RSFSR State Prize of Repin (1986). He was a member of the Communist party since 1944, and veteran of Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).
Born 19 September 1917 in Moscow, Anikushin grew up in a working class family. Meanwhile, the artist wrote: “I – the son of the Moscow parquet floor maker, a wonderful wizard Konstantin Anikushin. He made parquet floor for those who stay in the hotel “Moscow” in the capital. My elder brother – an engineer-surveyor Vladimir Anikushin participated in the discovery and creation of Karaganda industrial area. And I had to be on a par with them. All that I did, and what happiness I had – I am obliged to Great October. And what I haven’t done yet – I must do”. Anikushin studied at the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin from 1937 to 1947 with a break for the war years (1941-1945).
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Soviet sculptor Alexandra Briedis

Soviet sculptor Alexandra Briedis (July 25, 1901 - November 14, 1992). Portrait of schoolgirl Mary. 1970. Gypsum

Soviet sculptor Alexandra Briedis (July 25, 1901 – November 14, 1992). Portrait of schoolgirl Mary. 1970. Gypsum

Soviet sculptor Alexandra Briedis (Alexandra Yanovna Briede, nee Kalninya, 25 July 1901 — 14 November 1992) – People’s Artist of the Latvian SSR (1955), Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1958). Alexandra studied at the Academy of Arts in Riga (1923-31) at the workshop of K. Ronchevsky. She is the author of statues, tombstones, portraits, genre scenes, works of fine porcelain sculpture. Her works: “The young sculptor” (bronze, 1947), “The World” (marble, 1960), “Rain” (granite, 1969) – all were stored at the Art Museum of the Latvian SSR, Riga; “May there always be sunshine” (granite, 1963), “Antsite – Collective Farm Girl” (bronze, 1965), “My land” (aluminum 1967), “Lenin” (granite, 1969). She was awarded the Order of Lenin and the Order of Merit.
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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 sculptor Zair Azgur 1908-1995

The bust of Rabindranath Tagore. Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur, granite, 1956, the hall of the National Art Museum of Belarus

The bust of Rabindranath Tagore. Work by Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur (1908-1995). Granite, 1956, the hall of the National Art Museum of Belarus

Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur
Academician of the USSR Academy of Arts (1958), Corresponding Member (1947), Hero of Socialist Labor (1978), People’s Artist of the USSR (1973), Azgur was the winner of two Stalin Prize of the second degree (1946, 1948), and member of the Communist Party since 1943. His works are in the collections of the National Art Museum, the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Memorial Museum – workshop of Zair Isaakovich Azgur (Minsk, Belarus), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the Astrakhan Regional Picture gallery (Astrakhan, Russian Federation), the art museum of Moldova and others.
Zair Azgur was born on 2 January 1908 in the village of Molchany of Mogilev province (now Vitebsk region of Byelorussia), into a Jewish family. He graduated from the Vitebsk Art Practical Institute in 1925, his teachers were Y. Pen and MA Kerzin. In 1925-1928 Zair studied at Higher Artistic – Technical Institute in Leningrad; Art Institute of Kiev and Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts (1928-1929).

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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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