Klimashin, Viktor Semenovich
Климашин, Виктор Семёнович
Born Russian Empire, 1912; died 1960, Moscow
Victor Klimashin was born in 1912. He studied art in Saratov and after his graduation in 1931, he moved to Moscow where he worked in the design and illustration of posters, magazines and books. During World War II, Klimashin was drafted into the Red Army and in 1943, was assigned to the Military Artists Studio. It was here many of his posters were produced in collaboration with the artist Nikolai Zhukov. After the war, Klimashin was appointed head of the art department of Ogonyok [Sparkle], the largest weekly magazine in the Soviet Union, where worked prior to the war. Throughout the 1950s, he designed international exhibits including the Soviet Pavilion for the 1952 International Industrial Exhibition in Bombay, India. In 1954, he was chief artist for the Exhibition of Economic and Cultural Development of the USSR in Beijing, China. He died in Moscow in 1960. Klimashin's works are in Moscow at the Tretyakov Gallery, the State Central Museum of Modern History of Russia and at the Central Museum of the Russian Armed Forces. His work can be found at the Kursk Deineka Picture Gallery in Kursk, Russia, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in the Republic of Karelia.
Sources & Citations
Tupitsyn, M., & Museum Folkwang Essen. (1995). Glaube, Hoffnung, Anpassung: Sowjetische Bilder, 1928-1945. Oberhausen: Plitt Verlag.