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Painter of revolution: exhibition of Ivan Vladimirov opens in St. Petersburg

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Sketches and scenes of the tree Russian revolutions are displayed.

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St. Petersburg’s Museum of political history of Russia is holding an exhibition of sketches and genre scenes of the three Russian revolutions made by Ivan Vladimirov. The painter who was born 150 years ago is known for his immediate pictorial follow-ups of events.

Vladimirov’s true love in terms of genres were battle scenes. Working as a reporter, he would sketch a crackdown on a demonstration in Nevsky Prospect, clashes with the police, processions, and devastation in cities and villages.

As many of liberal intellectuals of his time, Ivan Vladimirov welcomed the February revolution of 1917, but he tried to be unbiased when depicting both the triumphant winners and the hard life of ordinary people.

Alexey Boyko, head of the replicated graphics department of the Museum of political history, explains: ‘As a contemporary reporter, he had to tell about the event. And he used his mastership of a battle painter and his skills to tell about it’.

In the 1930-s, Ivan Vladimirov made paintings and political caricatures for the Museum of revolution.

The exhibition will be open till February 26.

Photo anf video: St. Petersburg TV channel

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