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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1921, in Baku.

Painter. Genre scenes, portraits.

Trained at the school of fine art in Moscow by the determined proponent of Socialist Realism Sergei Gerassimov, Mikhail Abdullaiev became one of the official painters of the Stalin and Brezhnev regimes, providing portraits and historic scenes in a style inherited from 19th-century academicism. His paintings were displayed in official exhibitions across the USSR. He taught in Baku....

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Latvian, 20th century, male.

Born 25 July 1922, in Riga, Latvia; died 1 March 1983, in Riga, Latvian SSR (now Latvia).

Painter and theorist. Historical, still-life, cartographic, environmental, and abstract subjects.

Ojārs Ābols distinguished himself in later years by transcending political orthodoxy and stylistic parochialism in his own work and by enabling colleagues and younger artists to do likewise. His studies began under modernist Romans Suta at Riga’s Second Gymnasium ...

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Afrika  

Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born c. 1960, in Novorossick.

Painter.

Sots Art.

Afrika belongs to the generation that had begun to find its feet during the liberalisation enjoyed under the Gorbachev regime. 'Sots Art' is the relative Russian parallel to the American-European Pop Art movement. The young Russian artists preserved the iconic subject matter of official Stalinist art, yet stripped it of its meanings in order to use it as a purely three-dimensional element....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1911, in Clermont-Ferrand; died 18 June 1989, in Rochefort-Montagne.

Painter. Figure compositions.

Socialist Realism.

He exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1930 onwards, the Salon des Indépendants from 1935, and the Salon d'Automne from 1942...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1882; died 1938.

Painter. History painting.

Socialist Realism.

Avilov was a professor at the I.Repin institute in Leningrad. His Stalin Inspecting the Cavalry is at the Central House of the Soviet Army.

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Sergey Kuznetsov

Belarusian sculptor . He studied in Belarus’ under Yury Pen and M. Kerzin during the early 1920s and then learnt from contemporaries such as Matvey Manizer as well as from the Hermitage collection in St Petersburg. In 1929, after visiting Ukraine and Georgia, he returned to Belarus’ and was commissioned to decorate the ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1912, in Berdiansk; died 1989.

Painter. History painting, portraits.

Socialist Realism.

Piotr Petrovich Belousov settled in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) in 1929 attending the I.Repin institute from 1934 to 1939. He is known as one of the finest portraitists of Lenin. The official channels continued to offer him solo exhibitions, even during the breakdown of the constraints of Social Realism as an ideological vehicle for the Party. Solo exhibitions of his work were held in ...

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Hungarian, 20th century, male.

Born 1906.

Painter. Genre scenes, landscapes.

Socialist Realism.

Jeno Benedek trained between 1927 and 1936. He had several solo exhibitions and became a professor at the fine arts school and the school of decorative arts.

Budapest (Magyar Nemzeti Gal.)

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Ukrainian, 20th century, male.

Born 1914, in Kiev; died 2000.

Painter. Scenes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes.

Max Birstein studied at the institute of arts in Moscow with Sergei Gerasimov. A socialist realist to begin with, he then changed style, moving towards a Post-Impressionism along the lines of his elders, Robert Falk and Atychler. Birstein mounted many collective and solo exhibitions since ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1895, in Nizhniy Novgorod; died 1959, in Moscow.

Painter. Figures, portraits, scenes with figures.

Socialist Realism.

AKhRR (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia).

Having studied at the Moscow institute and at the Higher Artistic and Technical Studios, Fedor Semienovich Bogorodsky depicted the Soviet people - peasants, workmen, soldiers of the Red Army - in naturalist compositions. He took part in exhibitions organised by the Union of Revolutionary Russian Artists. In ...