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

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Sokolov-Skalia (Sokolov), Pavel Petrovich
Соколов-Скаля (Соколов), Павел Петрович
Born June 21, 1899, Strelna, Russian Empire; died 1961, Moscow, USSR

Pavel Petrovich Sokolov-Skalia was best known for his painting of "nationalist subjects" with characteristics of 19th-century Russian realism. In his youth he worked as an apprentice in the studio of Il’ia Mashkov, one of Imperial Russia's great modern masters. He later continued his arts education at VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios) and later became a founding member of the avant-garde collective Bytie (Being).

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Pavel Petrovich Sokolov-Skalia was best known for his painting of "nationalist subjects" with characteristics of 19th-century Russian realism. In his youth he worked as an apprentice in the studio of Il’ia Mashkov, one of Imperial Russia's great modern masters. He later continued his arts education at VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios) and later became a founding member of the avant-garde collective Bytie (Being). When the group dissolved around 1926, he became a member of A.Kh.R. (Association of Artists of the Revolution). He was also active as an instructor teaching at A.Kh.R., MIPIDI (Moscow Institute of Applied and Decorative Art), the Potemkin Pedagogical Institute (in Moscow) and at MGKhI (Moscow Secondary Art School).

During World War II, Sokolov-Skalia served as the artistic director of the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) studio where he designed approximately 200 posters between 1941 and 1946. Sokolov-Skalia was twice awarded the Stalin Prize (1942 and 1949) for his posters and caricatures. He was also elected a member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR in 1949, and in 1956 he was bestowed the title People’s Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

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Sources & Citations

Pisch, A. (2016). The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929-1953: Archetypes, inventions and fabrications. Canberra: ANU Press.
Zegers, P., Druick, D. W., Akinsha, K. (2011). Windows on the war: Soviet Tass posters at home and abroad, 1941-1945. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago.
Bown, M. C. (1991). Art under Stalin. Oxford: Holmes & Meier.