Bubnov, Aleksandr Pavlovich
Бубнов, Александр Павлович
Born March 4, 1908, Tiflis, Russian Empire (Tiblisi, Georgia); died June 30, 1964, Moscow, USSR
Aleksander Pavlovich Bubnov began his creative career in an art school in Atkarsk, Russia during the 1920s. When the school was closed due to the Russian Civil War, he continued his studies in the private studio of his teacher, N.I. Fedorov. In 1926, he moved to Moscow and enrolled in VKhUTEIN (Higher Art and Technical Institute) during which time he became an active member of the AKhRR (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia). After graduating, Bubnov moved to Novokuznetsk and worked for two years as a junior architect before returning to Moscow and the graphic arts in 1932. His early paintings focused exclusively on sociopolitical and historical themes -- he later admitted that he had little talent for or interest in depicting nature, though landscapes would eventually find their way into his body of work. His first two pieces were showcased at the 1933 exhibition celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Red Army and in the 1934 Exhibition of Young Artists in Moscow. He also took part in a panel called "Notable People of the USSR" at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. During World War II, Bubnov created leaflets and drawings for war effort propaganda. Honors bestowed upon him include the State Prize in 1948, title of Honored Worker of the Arts of RSFSR in 1955 and corresponding membership of the Artists' Union in 1954. His works have been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and Paris, among other places, and are found in museums across Russia, including the State Tret'iakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum.
Sources & Citations
Bibligraphicheskii slovar' khudozhniki narodov SSSR, vol. 2 (Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1970), 95-96.
John Milner, A Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Artists (1420-1970) (Aberdeen: Antique Collector's Club, 1993), 96.