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Ivanov, Viktor Semenovich

Иванов, Виктор Семёнович

Born 1909, Moscow, Russian Empire; died 1968, Moscow, USSR

Viktor Semenovich Ivanov attended Moscow Secondary Professional Art School from 1926 to 1929. In 1928, he took classes at a studio of Dmitrii Kardovskii the Russian artist, illustrator and stage designer, and from 1929 to 1933, Ivanov continued his education at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture that was affiliated with the Russian Academy of Arts of Leningrad. In 1931, Viktor Ivanov began designing for the state publishing house Ogiz-Izogiz where he achieved acclaim as a prolific artist whose concentration was in poster development. In 1934, he began to exhibit professionally.  

During World War II, Ivanov contributed to the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Studios between 1941 and 1943 and created approximately nineteen posters for that entity.   In 1946 and again in 1949; Victor Ivanov received the Stalin Prize for his wartime poster designs.  In 1955, he was bestowed the title of Honored Worker of Arts of the RSFSR. In 1964, he was awarded a silver medal from the Academy of Arts of the USSR, and a gold medal for his poster series dedicated to Lenin. Subsequently, Ivanov was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Throughout his career, Viktor Semenovich Ivanov worked as an illustrator for Voenizdat publishing house and as an art director at Mosfilm, the Moscow film studio.


Zegers, P., et al. (2011). Windows on the war: Soviet TASS posters at home and abroad, 1941-1945. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago. (p. 383)
Sviridova, I. A. (1988). Viktor Semenovich Ivanov. Moskva: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo. (A book on the life and art of Viktor Ivanov)
Sysoev, P.M. (1985). Retrospektivnaya vystavka: 225 let Akademii khudozhestv SSSR. Katalog. V dvukh knigakh. 1917-1982 (kniga 2). Moskva: Izobrasitel'noe iskusstvo. (bio, p. 172)
Ivanov, V.S. (1963). Kak sozdaletsia plakat. Moskva: Izdatel'stvo akademii khdozhestv SSSR. (A book on the life and art of Viktor Ivanov and other Soviet poster artists)
Viktor Ivanov. (1959). Pokazyvayut plakatisty Pribaltiki Iskusstvo, no. 7, 36-42
Erinova, K.S. (1952). Sovetskii politcheskii plakat: viktor ivanov. Moskva: Iskusstvo. (A book on the life and art of Viktor Ivanov)
Baburina, N. I. (1988). The Soviet Political Poster, 1917-1980. New York: Penguin. (bio, artist)