F. S. Shurpin, "The Morning of Our Motherland"
Copyright © 1998 by Hugo S. Cunningham
Last minor change 000809
From Matthew Cullerne Bown, Art Under Stalin, Holmes & Meyer, New York, 1991; p. 248:
SHURPIN, Fyodor Savvich, 1904-1972. Painter. Images of mother and child. Born in Kuryakino (Smolensk region). Joined RabFak, "Workers' Faculty", of Moscow VKhuTeMas 1923; studied at Moscow VKhuTeMas/VKhuTeln 1925-31. Awarded Stalin Prize in 1949 for The Morning of Our Motherland.
Note: Fascinated with and notably sympathetic to Soviet art, Mr. Bown recently completed a much larger book, "Socialist Realist Painting," Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 1998; cloth, 506 pp., $75.
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L. Revutskii, "Song About Stalin" (early-mid 1930s): replay.
M. Blanter and A. Surkov, "Song About Stalin" (late 1940s?): replay.
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This copy was scanned from "Ogonyok," 1952 #46 (7 Nov), pp. 16-17. Technicians from BevGorRaiKom removed the unwanted crease from the two-page spread.
There have been other versions, with noticeable differences in appearance.
A radiant Great Leader and Teacher stands before a prosperous collective farm and countryside.
Matthew Cullerne Bown writes,
"This picture was a striking excursion in the career of Shurpin, hitherto known as a painter of peasant life and boxom peasant madonnas; some of his friends and supporters regarded it as a brazen attempt to earn money, but his son told me that Shurpin executed it in perfect good faith." ["Art Under Stalin," pp. 178-180]
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