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Recommended Books


We recommend you the following books as a source of enjoyment and as excellent references for the works of the Soviet period, Russian artists, and contemporary art in general. Please enjoy and visit us again to browse new recommendations.

Soviet Impressionism by Vern Grosvenor Swanson “Because of a unique set of circumstances, which would be impossible to duplicate, Soviet art from 1930 to 1980 was the twentieth century's major realist school of painting. It powerfully expresses itself with a simple clarity of pictorial language, consummate adeptness and truthful portrayal of life. The Soviet artist acted as a willing collaborator with and portrayer of the aspirations of society.”

Includes bibliographical information on many painters of the Soviet period, charts, historical analysis and sociological background of the Soviet art.


A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters 1900-1980s. Contains biographical details of approximately 13,000 twentieth century Russian and Soviet painters - thousands more than any competing publication in English, Russian or any other language. * Richly illustrated by over 350 plates - more than 300 in colour. Includes a valuable glossary of over 150 art exhibitions, organizations and groups.

"The Dictionary is the only work of reference in any language to provide a comprehensive guide to the huge range of painters who worked in the Russian Empire and its successor, the Soviet Union, from 1900 until the last decade of the Soviet period."  


Socialist Realist Painting 1917-1991 by Matthew Cullerne Bown This art history book is one of the first accumulations of academic research on the Soviet era of art in English. Written by Matthew Cullerne Bown with critical comments from other noted scholars. Hardcover, 524 pages with 243 color plates.


Art Collectors of Russia: The Private Treasures Revealed by Christina Burrus, Leonid Ogarev Art Collectors of Russia: The Private Treasures Revealed by Christina Burrus, Leonid Ogarev Hardcover: 249 pages Publisher: Pub Overstock Unlimited Inc; English ed edition (January 1, 1994) ISBN: 1850437408 Product Dimensions: 1.0 x 10.2 x 12.5 inches


Russian Painting (Schools & Movements) by Peter Leek, Peter Leek, Serguei Daniel The 304 color illustrations are attractively reproduced and grouped into three main chapters: "From the 18th Century to the 1860s," "From the 1860s to the 1890s," and "From the 1890s to the Post-Revolutionary Period."

Each chapter includes portraiture, historical painting, landscape, and still life among other painting types and trends.


Forbidden Art: The Postwar Russian Avant-Garde by Garrett White (Editor) Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Zzdap Publishing (August, 1999) ISBN: 1881616916 Product Dimensions: 12.0 x 9.8 x 1.0 inches


Chagall: Love and the Stage 1914-1922 by Marc Chagall, Susan P. Compton, Royal Academy of Arts, Aleksandra Shatskikh, Susan Compton Hardcover: 104 pages Publisher: Merrell Holberton (October 1, 1998) ISBN: 1858940583


E. Akhvlediani: Izbrannye proizvedeniia by S. Khromchenko Selected Works (137 plates) of Elena Akhvlediani, one of a series of books featuring the work of Soviet Artists by the publisher. Hardcover. Publisher: Sovetsky Khudozhnik Publishers, Moscow (1987). Language: Russian. ASIN: B000B8B07S



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