Poster Plakat A Collection of Posters from the Soviet Union and its Satellite Nations

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Ivanov, Viktor Semenovich
Иванов, Виктор Семёнович
Born 1909, Moscow, Russian Empire; died 1968, Moscow, USSR

Viktor Ivanov attended Moscow Secondary Professional Art School from 1926 to 1929. In 1928, he took classes at a studio of Dmitrii Kardovskii and, from 1929 to 1933, he continued his education at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture affiliated with the Russian Academy of Arts in Leningrad. Viktor Ivanov began to work for the central publishing house Ogiz-Izogiz in 1931 where he achieved acclaim as a graphic designer with a concentration in poster development.

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Viktor Ivanov attended Moscow Secondary Professional Art School from 1926 to 1929. In 1928, he took classes at a studio of Dmitrii Kardovskii and, from 1929 to 1933, he continued his education at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture affiliated with the Russian Academy of Arts in Leningrad. Viktor Ivanov began to work for the central publishing house Ogiz-Izogiz in 1931 where he achieved acclaim as a graphic designer with a concentration in poster development. Ivanov began to exhibit professionally in 1934.  He contributed to the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Studios between 1941 and 1943 and created approximately nineteen posters for that entity.

During World War II and into the early-1960s, Ivanov produced a myriad of political posters and the sheer volume of his work made him a leading artist in the genre.  In 1946 and in 1949, Ivanov received the Stalin Prize for his wartime poster designs.  In 1955, he was awarded the title of Honored Worker of Arts of the RSFSR. In 1964, Ivanov was awarded a silver medal from the Academy of Arts of the USSR and a gold medal for his poster series dedicated to Lenin. He was subsequently elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Viktor Ivanov worked as an illustrator for Voenizdat publishing house and he worked as an art director at the Moscow film studio, Mosfilm.

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Sources & Citations

Konstantin Akinsha, Robert Bird, Adam Jolles, "Biographies," Windows on the War: Soviet Tass Posters at Home and Abroad (1941-1945), ed. by Peter Kort Zegers and Douglas Druick (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), 383. A short biography of the artist.
Viktor Semenovich Ivanov, sostavitel' Irina Aleksandrovna Sviridova. (Moskva: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo, 1988).
Retrospektivnaya vystavka: 225 let Akademii khudozhestv SSSR, Katalog, tom 2 (1917-1982), redakt. P.M. Sysoev (Moscow: Izobrasitel'noe iskusstvo, 1985), 172. A short biography in Russian.
Viktor Ivanov, "Razmyshleniya o placate," Iskusstvo, no. 7 (1959): 36-42.