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Boris Vladimirski

1878-1950 Ukraine/Socialist Realism

 

Brief Biography-Boris Vladimirski, an official Soviet artist, was born in Kyiv in 1887. He studied under Ivan Seleznyov at the Kyiv College of Art, and later at the Academy of Arts, followed by four years at the Munich Academy of art. Stalin established his work as the face of socialist propaganda, and Vladimirski worked for the "Pravda" newspaper as their artist. His "Roses for Stalin" masked the true nature of the man. However, the "Black Ravens" painting of Stalin's secret police, the NKVD, shows them discreetly whisking people away to prison; remarkably, the picture was allowed for viewing, possibly as a warning to dissidents.

 

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black ravens

black ravens


boy with lanterns

boy with lanterns


lenin in red dawn

lenin in red dawn


roses for stalin

 roses for stalin