Dimitri Krasnopevtsev, Russian (1925 - 1995)

Dimitri Krasnopevtsev

Was one of the most important modern Russian artists from the 1960s to the 1980s. He graduated from the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. His art, though totally apolitical, was banned by both Nikita Khrushchev’s and Leonid Brezhnev’s cultural censors; but it was recognized by museums in the West, especially in the United States, and eventually by his own country.

He became an overnight celebrity in 1956 when Life magazine reproduced one of his still-life paintings. Khrushchev’s cultural machine went immediately into action. Krasnopevtsev was thrown out of the Artists’ Union, lost his state workshop, all his orders from publishers and any chance of an exhibition. Newspapers attacked him and called him a “traitor”. In 1967 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, bought several of his paintings.

In 1988, he had one-man shows at the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Moscow Central House of Artists, one of the most prestigious places for a Russian artist. In 1993 the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art exhibited his work – an honor rarely given to an artist in his lifetime.

Literature: Enrico Crispoli & Gabriella Moncada, La Biennale Di Venezia, La Nuova Arte Sovietica, 1977, p.161, N°1, illustrated.
Gail Gelburd, Silent Scream from the Russian Underground, 1995, illustrated.
Pinakothe˜ke˜ , N°22 –23 , 2006, p.102, N°18, illustrated.

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