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 Yuri Ivanovich (Georgy) Pimenov  (1903 - 1977)



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Lived/Active: Russian Federation      Known for: propaganda figure and genre painting, set design

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BIOGRAPHY for Yuri Pimenov
1903 (Russia)
1977 (Russia)

Russian Federation

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propaganda figure and genre painting, set design

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Yuri Pimenov was a painter, graphic and theatre set-design artist. His painting subjects were portraits, figure, landscape, genre, still life and Soviet propaganda. From 1920-1925, he studied in the Printing Faculty of the All-Russia Art and Technology Workshops in the classes of S.V. Malyutin and V.A. Favorsky.

He was a founding member of the Society of Easel Painters (1925). When the Society disbanded, he joined the Izobrigada group. Between 1945-1972, he taught painting in the art faculty at the All Union Cinematography Institute.

A people's artist of the USSR, he was a Full Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR, and Laureate of the Lenin and State Awards of the USSR. In the 1920s, Pimenov participated in the Society for Easel Painting's activities. In the early 1930s, he moved away from the principles of this group.

From the 1930s the artist's creative method is defined by the primarily genre treatment of selected motifs, whether a portrait or landscape. His palette became illuminated and, together with the swift, "Impressionist" touch of his brush, helped to create an impression of the spontaneity and authenticity in the depicted event.

The numerous subjects covered in Pimenov's work are associated with everyday Moscow life. His Moscovites are happy and polite, they build houses, get new flats, take their children to nursery and spend their lunch breaks in parks… The theme of "man and the city" is treated by the master without any conflict; his city is not an urban, oppressive monster for people. On the contrary, it is their home.

"I was born in Moscow, and its life and development are the life and development of my house and my motherland", the artist wrote.

"Pimenov, Yuri (Georgy) Ivanovich, The State Tretyakov Gallery, //

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