This painting comes from our collection of original Soviet-era oil paintings. The collection is laid out like a timeline through Soviet Russian history, starting when the movement began between the late 1920s and early 1930s. The movement, which has three distinctive styles - Classical, Working Class, and Severe - can be traced back to Vladimir Lenin. The philosophy of the Communist leader was that all art produced should be for the people and should be easy to understand, while at the same time reflecting a social ideology. The artists of the Classical period focused on landscapes, still life, and portraits. Paintings of Russian field workers and factory workers, produced during the Working Class period, illustrate clearly the propaganda these artists were forced to place in these paintings. During the Severe period, the artists began pushing the edges of what was known as acceptable art. The paintings around this time begin to exude color and the paint quality, brush strokes and compositions all begin to change.
The artist Nikolai Aleksandrovich Gladkov was born in Slava (a province of Omsk) in western Siberia in 1924. His early studies were at the Sverdlovosk Art College from 1945 - 1950, followed by the famous Repin Institute from 1952 - 1958. Gladkov was active in Gorky and began exhibiting his work in 1961. He specialized in portraits. Gladkov also taught art at the Gorky Art College in the late 50s and into the early 60s.
Canvas Size: 31" W x 26" H
This oil painting comes in the hand-made, closed corner, gilded frame by Richard Tobey in which it is photographed. Signed and dated on the back. Don't miss the opportunity to own one of these masterpieces.