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"Portrait of My Wife", Original Oil Painting by Engels Kozlov Circa 1969

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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. Engels Vasilevich Kozlov was born in Troitsko-Pechersk, Komi Autonomous Republic in 1924(26). He picked up his studies at the childrens' art school of Syktyvkar in the late 1930s. Kozlov attended Yaroslavl Art College from 1947-49, followed by Leningrad Art College from 1949-50 and then a longer stay at Repin Institute from 1950-56 (Leningrad's premier fine arts institute). This oil painting comes in the hand-made, closed corner, gilded frame by Richard Tobey in which it is photographed. Signed and dated. Don't miss the opportunity to own one of these masterpieces.