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Plastov, Arkadi

Arkadi Plastov - Boy in CoatArkadi Plastov - Sleeping Boy
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Boy in Coat
Arkadi Plastov - Boy in Coat

SOLD 28" x 14 1/2" oil on canvas signed 1954

Sleeping Boy
Arkadi Plastov - Sleeping Boy








1893 - 1972


Plastov was one of the top ten Soviet Painters of the century. He was a painter, graphic artist and sculptor. He often painted life if the rural village.

From 1912-1914 he studied at the Stroganov College in Moscow under F.F.Fyodorovsky. From 1914 to 1917, he studied in the sculpture department at the Moscow College of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the class of S.M.Volnukhin. Plastov began exhibiting in 1929 and began exhibiting with the Union of Soviet Artists in 1931. Some of his important shows included:

Twenty Years of the Workers, and Peasants’ Red Army in Moscow in 1938; Industry of Socialism in Moscow in 1939; All-Union Art Exhibition in Moscow in 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955 and Soviet-Russia in Moscow in 1960.

Major paintings include:

“Collective Farm Festival”, 1937, Russian Museum;

“The Bathing of the Horses”, 1936-1938, Russian Museum;

“A Fascist has Flown Past”, 1942, Tretyakov Gallery;

“Harvesting”, 1945, Tretyakov Gallery;

“Haymaking”, 1945, Tretyakov Gallery;

“Collective Farm-Threshing”, 1949, Kiev Museum of Russian Art;

“The Tractor Driver’s Supper”, 1951, Irkutsk Museum of Art;

“Spring”, 1954, Tretyakov Gallery.

Plastov was an Honored Artist of Russia, a People’s Artist of Russia, a People’s Artist of the USSR, a member of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1947), a twice recipient of the Order of Lenin, Stalin Prize Winner (1946.)

Plastov spent the majority of his time in his native village of Prislonikha where he lived and worked. All his creative work is associated with this village. In 1931 the artist's house and all of the work he had completed up to then was destroyed by fire. Plastov’s creative work is mostly devoted to the subject of peasant life. His painting, following the traditions of P.P. Konchalovsky and S.V. Gerasimov, has a unique ability to preserve the direct impression from nature in the painting. "There is the truthful study, and then there is truth of a study in the painting", believed the artist. "The truth of a study in the painting" was mostly displayed in the master’s ability to retain human warmth, the individual attitude to that, which he painted. The artist denounced the composed narrative characteristic in Soviet paintings of the 1930-1950s and was often criticized. Today, however, he is considered to be one of the greatest Russian artists to ever live.

Numerous books have been published on Plastov, and his paintings are pictured in every major publication on Russian and Soviet art.

He is listed on page 242 of Matthew Bown’s, A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters.