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Battle-Front Artists. Works of the war and postwar years. Trends and methods

Outreach activities were one of the most important tasks of the visual arts during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

"Simultaneously with camouflage works, production of campaign posters, leaflets and brochures, artists created independent creative works.... During the first years of the war, artists created not picture-like, festive paintings, but hurried, unpretentious, almost monochrome sketches on live impressions, which did not exclude the versatility, seriousness and depth of the idea. Very modest portraits, laconic genre paintings, as well as landscapes became widespread....

(from the article by A.V. Fedotova "Peculiarities of development of the visual art of the Kola Peninsula in the 40's - early 50's of the XX-th century", translated from Russian)

 

"In the 1950s the thematic frames of the official art expanded and portrait, still life, genre scenes became popular. In the Polar region, as before, the landscape genre prevailed. The military landscape was replaced by the portrayal of peaceful nature in harmony with people".

(from the article by A.V. Fedotova "Peculiarities of development of the visual art of the Kola Peninsula in the 40's - early 50's of the XX-th century", translated from Russian)

In the 1950s, A.A. Merkulov creates a large-scale series "Conquered Arctic - Northern Fleet". The same-name travelling thematic exhibition of A.A. Merkulov and I.V.  Markelova traveled around the country in the late 1950s - 1960s, constantly replenished with new graphic, pictorial and sculptural works.