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Portrait of a Teacher", Original Oil Painting by Mark Kaplan Circa 1956

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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. Mark Yakovlevich Kaplan was born Krasnoe, Chernigov provice (Ukraine) in 1905. He completed his formal studies at the Kiev Art Institute from 1926-1930. Kaplan stayed active in the Ukraine and began exhibiting in 1929. He was selected to exhibit at the renowned "All Union Art Exhibition" in Moscow in 1947. He died in 1990. Canvas Size: 25" W x 35" 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.