Sergei Alekseevich GRIGOREV

Born in Lugansk (Ukraine) 1910. Studied at Zaporozhe Arts and Crafts School 1923-26; Moscow VKHUTEMAS 1926-27; Kiev Art Institute 1928-32. Active in Kharkov, Ukraine, 1932-43; Kiev, Ukraine, thereafter. Began exhibiting 1932? Important shows include "Twenty Years of the Workers' and Peasatns' Red Army", Moscow, 1938; "INDUSTRY OF SOCIALISM", Moscow, 1939; "All-Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1947; "All-Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1949; "All-Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1950; "All-Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1951; "All- Union Art Exhiibition", Moscow, 1955. Known as a leading painter of everyday-life genre subjects late 1940s-early 1950s. Well-known works include Admission into the Komsomol (1949; Kiev Museum of Ukrainian Art); The Goalkeeper (1949; Tretyakov Gallery); Discussion of the Low Mark (1950; Tretyakov Gallery); He's Come Back (1954; Tretyakov Gallery). Taught at Kharkov Art Institute 1933-34; Kiev Art Institute from 1934; head of creative studios of USSR Academy of Arts, Kiev, from 1962. Became a Soviet academician 1953/54? Awarded STALIN PRIZES 1950, 1951; awarded the title "People's Artist of the USSR" 1974. Also a graphic artist. Died 1980s.
Matthew Cullerne Bown: Russian and Soviet Painters. Ilomar, London)

"Stalin at a Session of Politicians at the Kremlin", oil on canvas, 144 x 178cm.