• Michael Laxer

Landscapes of the North -- a folder of 12 Soviet paintings 1966



Published in the USSR in 1966 this folder of art cards had a dozen reproductions of paintings for the early 1960s that depict the spare yet beautiful landscapes of the Soviet north.


It features the works of four artists, Lev Konstantinovich Bogomolets (1911-2009), Pyotr Fomin (1919-1996), Boris Korneev (1922-1973) and Alexei Eriomin (1919-1998). All were renowned artists generally and known for nature art specifically.


All were members of the Leningrad Union of Artists. Korneev was named an Honoured Artist of the RSF SR in 1965 and won the highly prized Soviet Order of the Badge of Honour in 1971*. Eriomon was named an Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1970), and a People's Artist of the RSFSR (1978). Fomin was named a People's Artist of the USSR. Both Eriomon and Fomin fought with distinction in the Red Army against the Nazis during World War II. Eriomin was wounded and received several decorations.


The paintings depict coastlines, lakes and rugged hills and forests and really bring the north to life.


Bright Day on the Onega River - Fomin


Shores of the Onega River - Eriomin

Boats -- Eriomin

Onega -- Eriomin

Lake -- Eriomin

Forest Lake -- Korneev

In the Evening -- Eriomin

A Gatehouse on the Onega River - Fomin

Fresh Breeze -- Eriomin

Riverbank Huts -- Fomin

Oscar Bay -- Bogomolets

View of the Avariyny Cape -- Bogomolets



*Order of the Badge of Honour, USSR. The Order was awarded to individuals, organizations and factories for accomplishments in labour, the civil service, literature, the arts and the sciences.