Soviet painter Alexander Bubnov
Alexander Bubnov was a Soviet painter, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1954), winner of the Stalin Prize of the second degree (1948). Bubnov created his paintings in a difficult time for creative people.
Alexander Pavlovich Bubnov was born on February 20 (March 4), 1908 in Tiflis (now Tbilisi, Georgia). In 1919, he studied at the art school in Atkarsk, Saratov province. After the school was closed because of the Civil War, he continued to draw privately with the school teacher N.Ya. Fedorov. But he still managed to enter the best at that time Moscow Art University.
In 1930, 22-year-old future artist went to build the famous Kuznetskostroy, where he worked as a junior architect. After returning to Moscow two years later, he continued to paint. From that time, he began to work very hard.
During the Great Patriotic War, he worked a lot on agitation posters, made drawings for magazines and leaflets. Alexander Pavlovich was very fond of graphics. The artist made very interesting illustrations for Alexander Pushkin’s poems, Nikolai Gogol’s stories. While creating a modern film Taras Bulba make-up artist took the image created by A. Bubnov for the main character.
His Eastern paintings are a real riot of colors, and you can even study oriental ethnography looking at them. Using bright colors Bubnov wanted to understand and express new and important aspects of the life of the people.
In the Soviet era Bubnov was known, mainly, only as a master of historical painting, but he was a versatile artist, a wonderful landscape painter.
Alexander Bubnov died in 1964 and was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.
On March 4, 2013 a museum named after A.P. Bubnov was opened in his native city Atkarsk. There are artist’s personal things, some of his works, numerous memoirs of his contemporaries in the museum.
His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Kazakh Art Gallery, the Ulyanovsk Art Museum, and others.