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

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Solov'ev, Mikhail Mikailovich
Соловьёв, Михаил Михайлович
Born 1905, Moscow, Russian Empire; died 1990, Moscow, USSR

Mikhail Mikailovich Solov'ev was born in Moscow. In 1930 he graduated from the advanced courses of the A.Kh.R.R. (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia). While he began his professional career as a painter, from 1944 on, he exclusively designed posters. He was made a member of the Union of Soviet Artists in 1933. During the 1930s, Solov'ev worked together on posters and dioramas with the graphic designer Pavel Sokolov-Skalia.

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Mikhail Mikailovich Solov'ev was born in Moscow. In 1930 he graduated from the advanced courses of the A.Kh.R.R. (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia). While he began his professional career as a painter, from 1944 on, he exclusively designed posters. He was made a member of the Union of Soviet Artists in 1933. During the 1930s, Solov'ev worked together on posters and dioramas with the graphic designer Pavel Sokolov-Skalia.

During the mid-1930s, Solov'ev was an assistant to the noted Russian artist Ilya Mashkov while he was working in the art studio of the Komintern district of Moscow. Solov'ev went on to become head of the art studio of the Soviet political police (NKVD) from 1936 to 1941.

During World War II, Soloviev worked on designing propaganda art and was a contributing artist on posters deigned by the TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) Studio. After the war, Soloviev’s first personal exhibition was held in Moscow in 1948.

Due in large part to the era in which he worked, his posters tend to draw heavily on the Socialist Realism aesthetic. At the same time, Soloviev’s posters are similar to easel paintings in their formal sense and yet even then, the posters tended to convey ordinary portraits and standardized themes prevalent to Soviet-made art under Josef Stalin.

Mikhail Solov'ev consistently worked for the publishers Izogiz (Fine Arts), Sovietskii Khudozhnik (Soviet Artist), Izobrazitel’noe Iskusstvo (Fine Art Publishers) and Plakat (Poster). He also worked with Agitplakat, a poster design collective. He led the poster section of the Moscow Union of Artists and in 1977, he was bestowed the title of an “Honored Artist of the RSFSR”.

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Sources & Citations

Groys, B., Hollein, M., & Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. (2003). Dream factory Communism: The visual culture of the Stalin era. Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz.
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