Zotov, Konstantin Vasilevich
Зотов, Константин Васильевич
Born 1906, Moscow, Russian Empire; died 1990, Moscow, USSR
Konstantin Vasilevich 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.Read Full Bio...
Konstantin Vasilevich 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.Close Full Bio
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)