A writer of the revolution

10 Jan–26 Feb 2020All exhibitions
The exhibition of the works of the remarkable Russian and Soviet painter, Honored Artist of the RSFSR Ivan Alexeevich Vladimirov, is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the artist. The exhibition will feature about 30 works of art by Vladimirov from the collection of the The State Museum of Political History of Russia, including seven paintings and graphics.

Ivan Alekseevich Vladimirov (1870-1947) was born in the city of Vilno of the Russian Empire (now Vilnius, Lithuania), in the family of a priest. His mother Elizabeth Wakhorn was a famous English watercolorist. Vladimirov received his first artistic education at the Vilno Drawing School from the famous artist Ivan Trutnev, an academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts. In 1891, Vladimirov entered the Saint-Petersburg Academy of Arts, which he graduated in 1893 in the class of battle painting.

Choosing the specialization of the artist-battalist, Vladimirov was able to combine, according to his own assertion, his main vital interests – «passion for drawing and passion for travel». In his works he recorded many important historical events, transferring a sense of time. During his studies, Vladimirov became an art correspondent for the «Niva» magazine. In 1904, on behalf of the editorial staff, he went to the Russo-Japanese War. There the artist created the paintings «Weapon in Danger», «Artillery Battle», «Back from the War», «Interrogation of a prisoner», «In Manchuria». Vladimirov's illustrations were also printed in the foreign press in «The Graphic» magazine and in the French «L'Illustration». In the English-speaking countries he was known as John Wladimiroff.

Tireless Vladimirov was constantly in the center of events. He always had a pocket album for sketches with him, so that later, in the studio, with the help of paints and ink, he could refine the image and give it a name. The exhibition presents sketches, drawings and watercolors, which were often sketches for bigger works.

On January 9, 1905 Ivan Alekseevich as a correspondent was able to pass through the fence in Nevsky Prospect, come closer to Palace Square, and to see with his own eyes the events of «Bloody Sunday». A few days later, his painting «Dispersal of the demonstration on Nevsky. 1905» appeared. Continuing to document the revolutionary chronicle of Russia, Vladimirov visited Baku and Moscow in 1905. Pencil sketches became the basis for his works «The Beating of Workers in Balakhani», «The Battle of Presnya» and «The Shooting of Workers in the Yard of the Prokhorovskaya Manufactory».

Like many representatives of the Russian intelligentsia, Ivan Alexeevich warmly welcomed the February Revolution. On his canvases there are cheerful people, overthrowing monarchy, the capture of the Winter Palace, the burning of royal portraits. From 1917 to 1918, Vladimirov worked for the Petrograd police, and it was this time that the great cycle of documentary sketches of revolutionary events belonged to. The artist collected the richest material for future paintings.

The artist, who strove to historical truthfulness, was able to show the duality of the epoch: the pathos of heroism and victory of the revolution and its «non-parade» side - destruction, suffering, hunger. In the watercolors «In the market», «Food squad of Petrograd workers in the village» without idealization, as if not a brush, but a modern camera captured the realities of post-revolutionary time.

The collection of Vladimirov's works in our museum includes more than 50 paintings, graphic and replicated works, some of which are «programmatic» for his work – «The Battle of Presnya», «Down with the Eagle», «The shooting of the people in front of the Winter Palace on January 9, 1905», «Arrest of the royal generals». Most of this heritage was acquired from the artist by the Museum of the Revolution in the 1930s. The collection was replenished in 1969 and 1982 with purchases from private collectors, and in 1997 two works of the artist were transferred to the museum by the Tax Office of the Central District of Saint-Petersburg.

The exhibition will be open from January 10, 2020 (ground floor).

Публикация от: 17.12.2019 15:59:04