Arkady Rylov


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Russian painter and graphic artist, active mainly in St Petersburg/Leningrad, where he studied (1894–7) and later taught (1918–29) at the Academy. He was primarily a landscape painter and is remembered mainly for In Blue Space (1918, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow), showing swans flying over the sea; it ‘has been hailed as the first expression of the new sense of freedom and the joyous outlook brought about by the Revolution’ (Mary Chamot, Russian Painting and Sculpture, 1963). In the 1920s some of Rylov's paintings had a luscious breadth (Forest River, 1929, Russian Museum, St Petersburg), but in the 1930s his work became less interesting as it fell into line with the propagandist ideals of Socialist Realism (Tractor: Timber Cutting, 1934, Tretyakov Gallery). His Reminiscences was posthumously published in 1954.

Subjects: Art.

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