Aleksandr Ivanovich LAKTIONOV

Born in Rostov-on-Don 1910. Studied at Rostov-on-Don Art School 1926-29; INSTITUTE OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE 1932-38; as a post.grad. 1938-44. Active in Leningrad until 1940; Zagorsk, Moscow reg. 1944-48; Moscow thereafter. Began exhibiting 1929. Important shows include "Twenty Years of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army", Moscow, 1938; "INDUSTRY OF SOCIALISM", Moscow 1939; "All Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1946; "All Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1947; "All Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1949; "All Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1952; "All Union Art Exhibition", Moscow, 1955; "SOVIET RUSSIA", Moscow, 1960. Well known works include Hero of the Soviet Union N.V.Yudin visiting KomSoMol Tank Troops (1938; Academy of Arts Museum, St.Petersburg); A Letter from the Front (1947; Tretyakov Gallery; later versions in various collections); Into a new Flat (1952; Donetsk Art Museum). Taught at INSTITUTE OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE 1936-44; Moscow Correspondance Teacher-Training Institute 1967(66?)-70(72?). Became a Soviet academician 1949. Awarded Stalin Prize 1948. The favourite pupil of I.I.Brodski; arch exponent of the highly-finished post-war style of socialist realism. Died in Moscow 1972.
Matthew Cullerne Bown: Russian and Soviet Painters. Ilomar, London)

"Portrait of Stalin", oil on canvas, 79.5 x 59.5 cm, Moscow 1949.