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Alexander Alexandrovich Deineka
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Alexander Alexandrovich Deineka
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Alexander Alexandrovich Deineka
1899-1969
VIEW FROM THE ARTIST’S STUDIO
bearing an exhibition label on the stretcher
oil on canvas
65.5 by 90cm, 25 3/4 by 35 1/2 in.

Executed in 1947
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Exhibited

Moscow, Leningrad, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka, 1899-1969. Vystavka proizvedenii k 80-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, 1980
Moscow, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka, 1899-1969. Zhivopis', skul'ptura, grafika. Vystavka proizvedenii k 90-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, 1990

Literature

Exhibition catalogue Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka, 1899-1969. Vystavka proizvedenii k 80-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, Moscow: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo, 1980, p.29 listed
I.Nenarokomova, 'Lyublyu bol'shie plany...'. Khudozhnik Aleksandr Deineka, Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1987, p.172 illustrated; p.207, no.172 listed
Exhibition catalogue Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka, 1899-1969. Zhivopis', skul'ptura, grafika. Vystavka proizvedenii k 90-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1990, p.49 listed
N.Aleksandrova, E.Voronovich, Aleksandr Deineka: Zhivopis’, Grafika, Skul’ptura, Moscow: Interrosa, 2010, p.124, no.207 listed and illustrated; p.377 illustrated

Catalogue Note

In 1947 Deineka was made a full member of the USSR Academy of the Arts, but the immediate post-war period was difficult for the artist, as it was for the rest of the country. ‘Do not think’, he wrote at the time, ‘that my days run smoothly and are filled with roses, no, but when I am in front of the canvas in my studio I try to forget about what has angered me in the street or in conversation with a foolish person. I think that, in life as in painting we must discard the unnecessary'.

1947 witnessed the reinstatement of Socialist Realism by the bureaucrat Andrei Zhdanov after the relative artistic freedom of the war years. Despite Deineka’s best efforts, his friend and fellow teacher at the Moscow State Institute, the former head of VKhUTEMAS Vladimir Favorsky was hounded out of the Institute on charges of Formalism. Deineka responded by abandoning contentious subjects and seeking solace in depictions of the beauty of nature both at the dacha outside Riga to which he took his students and in the series of still-lifes he painted in his Moscow studio.

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