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

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

Viktor Ivanov attended The Moscow Secondary Professional Art School from 1926 to 1929. In 1928, he took classes at a studio of Dmitrii Kardovskii. 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 in Leningrad. He 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. In 1934, Ivanov began to exhibit professionally.  He contributed to the TASS Studio (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) between 1941 and 1943 and created approximately nineteen posters for the entity. During WWII and up until 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 again 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, he was awarded a silver medal from the Academy of Arts of the USSR, as well as a gold medal for his poster series dedicated to Lenin.  He was also elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. In addition, Ivanov worked as an illustrator contributing to the publishing house Voenizdat and also worked as an art director at the Moscow film studio, Mosfilm.


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.