Boris Vladimirski

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Vladimirski's Lenin in red dawn,

Boris Eremeevich Vladimirski, (February 27, 1878 – February 12, 1950), was a Soviet painter of the Socialist Realism school.

Life and Work[edit]

Vladimirski was born in Kiev, Ukraine.[1] He began his artistic studies at age 10, later attending the Kiev Art College (1900/01?-1904), the Academy of Arts and the Anton Ažbe School in Munich (1904-1908). He exhibited his first painting in 1906.[2]

As an official Soviet artist, his work was well received and widely exhibited. His works were aimed at exemplifying the work ethic of the Soviet people; they were displayed in many homes and federal buildings. He is also known for his paintings of prominent public officials.[3]

Especially his work "Roses for Stalin" is often considered a classic example of Socialist realism and therefore Soviet propaganda.[4]

However, his controversial Black Ravens painting, which depicts Soviet secret police (NKVD) that came at night to disappear people, is regarded as a piece that transcended the values of Socialist Realism. "It is still unknown how this work passed censorship." [5]


  1. ^ Vladimirski, Boris Eremeevich. Terminartors, 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ Matthew Cullerne Bown: Russian and Soviet Painters. Ilomar, London
  3. ^ Underexposed - an art blog featuring emerging artists
  4. ^ Socialist Realism in newworldencyclopedia
  5. ^ Azerbaijan International, Winter 2005, p.10



Matthew Cullerne Bown: Russian and Soviet Painters. Ilomar, London