Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Final Post

Fittingly, this blog closes its doors with a pair of paintings depicting the Soviet Union's two most prominent leaders: Lenin and Stalin.  Da svidanya, everyone!

Nikolai Ivanovich Andronov: V.I. Lenin on Park Bench (1962)

Victor Oreshnikov: Portrait of Joseph Stalin (1948)

Monday, March 25, 2013


Unknown Artist: Landscape (1952)
[maybe someone could decipher the indistinct signature at bottom right?]

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Construction of the Council

Vladimir Aleksandrov Serov: Moscow; Construction of the Council of Economic Mutual Aid (SEV) (1950)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Boris Perobrazhensky: Portrait of Meshcheryakov, Laureate of Stalin's Prize, 
a Merited Horsebreeder at Budenny Stables (1950)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Portrait of a Student

Sergei Fedorovich Babkov: Portrait of a Student, Kosmya Blaggovich Cheyski (1963)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Igor Grabar

 Portrait of Svetlana (1933)
Is this Stalin's daughter? According to Grabar's Wikipedia entry, "...it was the 1933 Portrait of Svetlana that gave him an enormous and unwanted exposure at home and abroad. Grabar himself rated this portrait, painted in one day, among its (sic) best. The public identified its title subject as none other than Stalin's daughter (born in 1926, she could not have been Grabar's subject; the legend persisted into 1960s).

 Portrait of the Composer Sergey Prokofiev Working on the Opera 'War and Peace' (1941)

 Self-portrait in a White Smock Holding a Palette (1934)

Ploughed Field on the Gerold State Farm (1930)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Portrait of Natasha

Aleksei Victorovich Fedorov: Portrait of a Young Woman - Natasha (1954)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Marshal Vasilevski

Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov: Portrait of Marshal Vasilevski (1947)
[Marshal Alexandr Vasilevski. He played a big role in the Soviet war effort in WW2.]

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dedicated to Lenin

Evgeni Ivanovich Danilevski: Dedicated to Lenin (1964)
[this, of course, is Lenin's Tomb]

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pyotr Konchalovsky

 Self-Portrait in Yellow Shirt (1943)

 Still Life. The Green Glass (1933)

 Still Life. Oranges and Crumpled Paper (1946)

 The Window of the Poet (1935)

 The First Step (1932)

 Woman on a River Bank (1922)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Moscow Residents

Ivan Nikiforovich Stasevich: Moscow Residents of the Sixties (1959)
[If it was painted in 1959, why is it called "Moscow Residents of the Sixties"?
Is "the Sixties" a section of Moscow?]

Friday, February 1, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Leningrad Countryside

Vasili Pavlovich Borisenkov: Leningrad Countryside, Remains of Anti-Tank Ditch (1976)