Zotov, Konstantin Vasilievich
Зотов, Константин Васильевич
Born Moscow, Russian Empire, 1906; died Moscow, 1990
Konstantin Zotov trained at the First Exemplary Printing House in Moscow from 1919-1925 under the tutelage of S.V. Gerasimov and I.N. Pavlov. Starting in 1942, he began to exhibit his work professionally. One of his posters from 1934, Liuboi krestianin-kolkhoznik ili edinolichnik imeet teper’ vozmozhnost’ zhit’ po-chelovecheski [Every collective farm peasant or individual farmer now has the opportunity to live like a human being], established the image of the Stalinist-era collective farm family and it helped emphasize the model of a farm woman in the Soviet Union. This poster also presents a trusting picture of the collective farm workers’ acculturation and improved material circumstances, seemingly brought about through Soviet policies. Zotov contributed illustrations to the newspaper Molodoi Leninets [Young Leninist] (1925) and to the youth-based journals Ogon’ki [Twinkles], Zor’ka (1927-1934) and Veseliye kartinky [Funny Pictures] (1961-1964). He also worked at the Moscow animation studio Soyuzmu'ltfil'm from 1944 to 1951.
Sources & Citations
Victoria E. Bonnell, Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), 118-120, 252-253. (Analysis of Zotov's Liuboi krestianin-kolkhoznik ili edinolichnik imeet teper' vozmozhnost' zhit' po-chelovecheski from 1934)