Friday, August 31, 2012

Young Masha

Yuri Podlyaski: Portrait of Masha Surtukova Reading (Yellow Socks) (1953)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Great Patriotic War

This is my final set of paintings from the Great Patriotic War.

 Oleg Lomakin: Blockade of Leningrad (1961)

 Peter Maltsev: Storming the Sapun Mountain in Sebastopol (1958)

 Semen Rotnitski: Partisans of Pskov

 Sergey Prisekin: Victory Parade

 Viktor Safronovtol: The Banner of the Guard

Viktor Tsyplakov: Facing a Firing Squad (1940s)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Yuri Pimenov

Yuri Pimenov (1903-1977) was a prominent Soviet painter.

Here is an essay about Pimenov and the 19th century Russian landscapist Isaak Levitan.

 In the Kitchen-garden

 Kizhi, Ancient Beauty

 New Moscow (1937)

 Paper Flowers and Snow (1945)

 The Pane of Glass (1966)

 Tire Tracks (1944)

 View Through a Window, Moscow (1954)

 Wedding in Tomorrow Street (1962)

Window, Spring

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Sewing Lesson

Valentin Bogdanov: The Sewing Lesson (1960)

So much for equality of the sexes. In Soviet Russia, apparently the women need some guy to teach them about sewing!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

They Are Happy!

Nikolai Yakovlevich Belyaev: They Are Happy (1949)

Of course they are. Cause kids just love regimentation!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Meeting Stalin

Vasili Efanov: An Unforgettable Meeting (1936-37)

Regarding this work of propagandistic art, Hungarian art historian Reuben Fowkes has this to say:
Vasili Efanov’s An Unforgettable Meeting (1936-7) dominates the first large hall of the exhibition space, subordinating the surrounding canvases with its aesthetic intensity and indubitable monumentality. Book reproductions of this work fail to convey the bright and uncanny light with which everything in the picture is bathed, or the intense melodrama of the moment depicted, in which a model collective farm girl gets her hand grasped by the benevolent father of the Soviet universe. Stalin and the pretty girl are surrounded by applauding Soviet dignitaries and a chorus of joyful peasant women, but although everyone is smiling, no one looks anyone else in the eye, nor dares to look directly at the magical coupling at the centre of things; all stare benignly into the middle distance, a metaphorical (and hallucinogenic) state used to suggest the dawning socialist future. Resplendent bunches of flowers on the walls and table embellish the areas of the tableau not already filled with smiling faces, creating the impression of unlimited happiness and abundance, and driving out any lurking shadows of doubt from this unforgettable orgy of Stalinist excess.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Great Patriotic War - Petr Krivonogov

 Petr Krivonogov (1911-1967) was a Soviet painter who specialized in battle scenes from the Great Patriotic War.

Atrocities in Rechitsa

 Defenders of the Brest Fortress (1951)

 Duel (1964)

 At the Kursk Salient (1949)
[the Battle of Kursk in 1943 was the greatest tank battle in history]


Victory! (1948)
[I don't know that I've ever seen a painting depict the joy of victory as well as this one]

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Moscow University

Kuzma Vasilievic Nicolaev: Moscow University (1956)

This appears to be a painting of this:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Victor Kudrin: In Zagorsk (1953)

Zagorsk was the Soviet-era name of Sergiyev Posad. The town's name was changed back to the pre-Revolutionary one in 1991. Here's a recent photo depicting almost the same scene as the painting.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov

Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov (1870-1958) was a Russian and Soviet painter. He specialized in paintings of jolly peasants.

A Peasant Gathering, Winter

 Children with Sledges

 Collective Farm Market (1936)

 Friends (1935)

 From the Mountains

 Girl with Orange Scarf (1931)

 Girl with a Blue Scarf

 Still Life, Wine and Fruit (1956)

 Tobogganing (1935)

 Winter Holiday, Girlfriends (1929)

Monday, August 6, 2012


 Georgi Savitskiy: Port in Odessa (1924)

 Kuzma Vasilievic Nicolaev: Moscow Zoo

Vladimir Stroyev: The Bus (1955)

Yuri Kiyachenko: Apple Blossoms on the Dnieper River