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Lenin Working Underground, E. Kibrik, USSR 1947

Updated: May 21, 2022

Images of Lenin #54

V. I. Lenin Working Underground, drawing, Evgenii Kibrik, USSR 1947 -- Images of Lenin #54

From the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 1979:

Evgenii Kibrik

Born Feb. 8 (21), 1906, in Voznesensk, in present-day Nikolaev Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. Soviet graphic artist and painter. People’s Artist of the USSR (1967); member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1962).

Kibrik studied under P. G. Volokidin and T. B. Fraerman at the Institute of Fine Arts in Odessa from 1922 to 1925 and at the Academy of Arts in Leningrad from 1925 to 1927. As a member of the group Masters of Analytical Art he worked at P. N. Filonov’s studio from 1926 to 1930. Kibrik became an instructor at the V. I. Surikov Moscow State Arts Institute in 1953, receiving a professorship there in 1954.

Kibrik’s illustrations and drawings are distinguished by the historical cogency and psychological depth of the figures. He illustrated Tynianov’s Second Lieutenant Kizhe (black water-color, 1930, Tret’iakov Gallery), Rolland’s Colas Breugnon (black and colored autolithography, 1934–36), de Coster’s La Légende de Thyl Ulenspiegel et de Lamme Goedzak (black and colored autolithography, 1937–38), Gogol’s Taras Bulba (black and colored autolithography, 1943–45), and Pushkin’s Boris Godunov (ink, 1959–64, Tret’iakov Gallery). Kibrik’s drawings include the series Lenin in 1917 (charcoal, 1946–47, V. I. Lenin Central Museum, Moscow), Meeting V. I. Lenin at Finland Station (lead suspension and charcoal, 1946–59, Tret’iakov Gallery), V. I. Lenin at a Subbotnik (lead suspension and charcoal, 1953–59, Tret’iakov Gallery), and the series 1917 (oils and tempera, 1967–71).

Kibrik received the State Prize of the USSR in 1948. He has also been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and several medals.


Kibrik died in 1978

This is the fifty-fourth in our daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing works and pieces.

These are divided into art, Lenin centennial posters from 1970 and Lenin photographs.

We will share them with history and quotes where appropriate.

They will eventually all also be shared in three posts related to the major themes.


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