Portraits of Soviet Premiers: Lenin, Stalin & Others
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Portrait of Lenin, oil on canvas, circa 1960s-80s. Massive. 5'x 3 ¾' size. Judging by its huge size, this portrait must have once decorated the entrance hall or grand banquet room in some important Soviet government building. In fair to good condition.
Lenin's Lithographic Portrait on cardboard, circa 1950s-60s.
Vladimir Lenin, large size lithographic portrait on linen, circa 1960s-70s. High-quality image in pastel colors. An uncommon piece in excellent condition.
Lenin seated in a chair, large reproduction of a well doneoil painting printed on heavy and glossy art paper. Intended for office and classroom use.
Lenin portrait by Soviet artist P V Vasilev, done in 1967 in pencil or Conté crayons. Part of the campaign to make Lenin appear friendly if not actually benevolent. High quality art print made in 1990.
Grampa Lenin - probably the best known of all the portrait-posters done in an attempt to make Lenin accessible to young children. 19 1/4" x 26 3/8". Dated 1978.
Large and dramatic "Woodcut" Lenin image on a gold background seeks to guide viewers with an inspirational quotation. 1990. 34 3/8" x 22"
Poster featuring first portrait of Vladimir Lenin taken immediately after the October Revolution. Shows Lenin's quotation "We are a party of the future and the future belongs to young people; we are a party of innovators and young people always follow innovators more willingly." 1986. 22" x 34 1/8".
Thoughtful, dream-like Lenin features on a 22 April 115th birthday poster. "The thoughts, words and deeds of Ilyich spread over the universe." Note the spelling of his name in other, non-Cyrillic alphabets in the borders. 25 1/2" x 38". 1985.
Large Lenin Lacquer portrait box from Fedoskino, probably the most famous center for such work in Russia, dated 1960 and signed by the artist. This outstanding, relatively early example of Soviet propaganda art is in superb condition.
Lenin Desk Portrait features image of the Bolshevik leader wearing a Central Executive Committee lapel Badge, 1970 jubilee issue. In near mint condition and comes with manufacturer's cover sheet.
"Lenin the Rabble-Rouser", Bakelite wall plaque with a printed portrait of the first Soviet dictator surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution. This fairly good quality piece appears to be of 1960s-70s vintage.
Lenin portrait plaque based on a May 25, 1919 b/w photograph, Dulevo,post 1968. Freestanding with an integral easel.
Lenin Birth Centennial 1970 commemorative freestanding porcelain plaque, Polonnoe Artistic Ceramics Factory.
Porcelain Plate "Lenin during the Revolution", Budy "Hammer and Sickle" Faience Factory, mid 1950s - 1967. Dramatic image shows Lenin giving orders over the telephone.
Lenin portrait porcelain plate, Korosten, 7" diameter, 1962-1990, undated but possibly a 1970 Lenin Birth Centennial commemorative. One of the most popular Cold War images of Vladimir Ilyich. Excellent condition.
Decorative Porcelain Plate with Portrait of Lenin, made in Czechoslovakia, circa 1970s. A very high quality propaganda piece, most likely produced to celebrate the centenary of Lenin's birth in 1970s.
Stalin's Portrait, Silk Tapestry by the Dong Fang Hong ("The East is Red") Knitting Factory in Hangzhou, China, circa 1950s. A very impressive 19x31" size. Excellent condition.
Color plate of the oil painting "Stalin in Exile in the Village of Turukhanskaya 1916"
Stalin's Bust in glazed porcelain by the famous Lomonosovskiy Porcelain Factory in Leningrad (LFZ), mid 1940s - mid 1950s. By the renowned sculptors Ingal and Bagolyubov, famous for their portraits of both Stalin and Lenin. In outstanding condition.
Bust of Mikhail Kalinin, by the Lomonosovskiy Porcelain Factory in Leningrad (LFZ), circa late 1940s. Very large size, approx. 13" tall likeness of one of the original Bolshivik leaders, a rare survivor of the Stalin's purges and the nominal head of state of the Soviet Union from 1919 to 1946. Original artwork was created by the acclaimed Soviet sculptor Matvei Manizer. An extremely uncommon, high quality piece in very good condition.
Mikhail Kalinin, 1985 poster portrait of the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 1919 until 1946. Highest quality print on glossy art paper.
Celebration of the Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the USSR features Mikhail Kalinin, titular head of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1946. Large 25 1/4" x 39 1/2" poster dates to 1975.
Portrait of Georgiy Malenkov, black-and-white tapestry in silk, early 1950s-1955, made in People's Republic of China. A portrait of the Stalin's heir apparent and Soviet premier immediately after Stalin's death in 1953. Within two years, Malenkov was outfoxed and edged out by Nikita Khrushchev in the Kremlin power struggle; two years later, was sent into a virtual exile after an unsuccessful attempt to depose Khrushchev. Since Malenkov was the Soviet premier for just a short time and then not only lost all his posts, but was eventually expelled from the Communist Party, few of his period portraits have survived to our days. In excellent condition.
Rare original grouping of 14 photographs documenting Nikita Khrushchev's 1956 visit to Britain to attend the international naval procession at Spithead and conduct diplomatic meetings with the UK government. Since he was accompanied by Premier Bulganin, the British press hailed the Soviet visit as the "B and K Tour"!
Photo Nikita Khruschev during state visit to India, 1960.
Official photo: Nikita Khruschev with Antonin Novotny in Prague, during Czech-Soviet friendship rally. August 1964. Soon both would be unemployed.
Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, b/w portrait poster, 1976 issue.
Photo album on Brezhnev's visit on Cruiser Kirov, Kronstadt, 1965.