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Serov, Vladimir Aleksandrovich
Серов, Владимир Александрович
Born 1910 Emmanus, Russian Empire; died January 16, 1968, Moscow, USSR

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Serov was a painter, poster artist and illustrator who primarily worked in the Socialist Realism aesthetic. In 1931, he graduated from InPII (Institute of Proletarian Visual Arts) and performed post-graduate work at InZhSA (Institute of Art, Sculpture and Architecture) where he served as an instructor from the 1930s until the 1960s.

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Vladimir Aleksandrovich Serov was a painter, poster artist and illustrator who primarily worked in the Socialist Realism aesthetic. In 1931, he graduated from InPII (Institute of Proletarian Visual Arts) and performed post-graduate work at InZhSA (Institute of Art, Sculpture and Architecture) where he served as an instructor from the 1930s until the 1960s. Serov also was the chairman of LOSKh (Union of Soviet Artists) from 1941 to 1948 and the chairman of Orgkomitet SKh (Organizing Committee of Soviet Artists) from 1957 to 1960. He became a member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR in 1947 and was elected its vice-president and later its president from 1962 to 1968. Politically, Vladimir Serov was a devout communist party member. He served as a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR from 1958 until his death in 1968.

In 1948, Serov was the awarded the Stalin Prize for his painting “Lenin Proclaims Soviet Power", a stirring scene of Lenin with Bolshevik leaders, workers and soldiers in the Smolny Institute of Petrograd during the 1917 revolution. Serov's work became an iconic symbol of Socialist Realism. Copies of the painting were used as posters, placed on covers of books and the image was used as a postage stamp in 1954. Reportedly during the period of de-Stalinization in the 1950s, Serov was “ordered to revise the painting” by replacing Josef Stalin, Felix Dzerzhinskii and Iakov Sverdlov (all standing behind Lenin) with nondescript workers. Serov's second Stalin Prize was awarded in 1951 for his painting "Peasant Delegates Talking to Lenin."

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Sources & Citations

Geng, Y. (2018). Mao's Images: Artists and China's 1949 transition. (e-book)
Bown, M. C. (1991). Art under Stalin. Oxford: Holmes & Meier.
artrusse.uk (Serov bio)
rusmuseumvrm.ru (Serov bio)