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    Need help finding old Russian art book/artists

    So I know this is a huge shot in the dark here but... years back while in a figure drawing class some guy came in with a pretty rockin' book of figure drawings.

    The guy, had picked it up on a trip to Russia but didn't know how to read the language so know idea how to read the artists names or even the book title!

    I managed to get a couple photocopies which I have recently came across again and was hoping maybe someone out there in the international internetz might just recognize them.

    So if anyone has ANY info they can share about these drawings or artists or the book they're in, that would be awesome! Even it's a translation of the tiny bit of writing or heck, I'll even take just the artists names! I'd sure love to find some more.

    If no idea, that's cool - at least check out a couple cool figure drawings!

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    Hey man, great drawings, thanks for sharing them. I can unfortunately only tell you the names of the artists (they are wirtten unter the drawings), I tried to google them and found no other pictures. The first one is A.S. Listkov and the second one is Boris Zaozersky. Hope this helps.
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    There are probably thousands or millions of drawing like this from thousands of artists trained at the great Soviet academies. It's difficult to find information on such studies in the US- partially because of cultural barrier (and historically bad relations between nations in the last century), and because the academies generally owned all the work of the students and would snatch up the good works- some of which got stored carefully and some of which got crammed wherever they could fit and forgotten (when I was visiting the academy in St. Petersburg we saw random closets just crammed full of old paintings and drawings). Occasionally the academies will release catalogs of recent student work, but I can't imagine you can find them in the US anywhere. The academies are still functioning, but since the fall of Communism they've been on the decline a bit and have "watered down" by accepting lots of foreign students (mainly Chinese and Korean, but some westerners as well) who have money but not the same level of training that a student entering the academies would have had back in the day.

    There has recently been more interest in Russian artists in the US thanks in part to the Guggenheim and the fact that many Soviet-trained artists are working and teaching in the US. Because of this, there's been a few books published on Russian art in the US, and a few of the big names (Repin, Kramskoy, Fechin, etc) are getting some recognition here, although I'm guessing now you could still only find a monograph on Repin- maaaybe Fechin. Also, these books tend to focus on paintings and the more mature work of artists, so they rarely include the academic studies (also complicated by the academies' tendencies to hoard the work of their best students).

    As far as I know, the best way to get access to this kind of thing here is to find a Soviet-trained artist who has emigrated to the US and see if you can study with them. There are actually a decent number- I know of many in the NYC area and I'm sure you can find them in CA as well. Fechin ended up moving to the southwest (New Mexico, if I'm right) and setting up a studio there, so I'm sure there's a west coast contingent as well. If an artist went to any of the major academies then they will have done these kinds of studies and more, and might have books with all kinds of amazing artists that you've never heard of. Be prepared for different teaching styles (and often higher expectations) than we are used to though.

    I also know that one of the major teachers at the academy in St. Petersburg has written a book on drawing which has been translated to English. Unfortunately it hasn't been published yet in any language, and I'm not sure whether the English version will make it here or not- but hopefully it will.
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    These works are fabulous! Hopefully we can find some more of theirs.
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    Saoserski isn't just a random student's name, as isn't Listkov I presume. I know Saoserski was teaching at the Repin-academy (Inst.Petersburg) in the 60s and by googling you'll mostly find paintings by him (which I personally don't find that interesting, but his figurative stuff is breathtaking, at least from what I've seen)

    I have an art-ed-book written by a teacher of the Repin academy Nikolai Li, that contains many examples, also from Saoserski and Listkov. So the shot to assumethey ere former teachers of his isn't too far off I think. Other names of pretty awesome figurative artists being featured are E.V.Gubanova, A.P.Losenko, O.A.Kiprenski,A. Postnov, A.A.Plastov, V.K.Shibuev, A.A.Ivanov, I.M.Grigoriev, B.B.Lebedev

    Here's another pic from Saoserski I managed to snatch somewhere:
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    It's actually not that hard to find more samples, you just have to search in cyrillic letters
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    Thanks for all the good info people, and the bonus figure drawing too, sweet.

    I have an art-ed-book written by a teacher of the Repin academy Nikolai Li, that contains many examples, also from Saoserski and Listkov.
    Faust, I'd love to get my hands on that book! Where did you get yours from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvertone View Post
    Thanks for all the good info people, and the bonus figure drawing too, sweet.



    Faust, I'd love to get my hands on that book! Where did you get yours from?
    I bought mine last year hen I was in Russia and it actually hit the market there. Here's what it looks like, but I dont think it'd be easy getting that thing outside of Russia. Maybe you can get it via the ISBN somewhere though.

    http://www.rznbooks.ru/books/1587649/default.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Faust~ View Post
    I bought mine last year hen I was in Russia and it actually hit the market there. Here's what it looks like, but I dont think it'd be easy getting that thing outside of Russia. Maybe you can get it via the ISBN somewhere though.

    http://www.rznbooks.ru/books/1587649/default.aspx
    thx for the link dude! I just went through the book, its gold. Reminds me alot of bammes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Faust~ View Post
    I bought mine last year hen I was in Russia and it actually hit the market there. Here's what it looks like, but I dont think it'd be easy getting that thing outside of Russia. Maybe you can get it via the ISBN somewhere though.

    http://www.rznbooks.ru/books/1587649/default.aspx
    Thanks again, it was very useful and as a matter of fact, I did find it available here...


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    thx for the link dude! I just went through the book, its gold. Reminds me alot of bammes.
    Epias, when you said you went through the book did you find a preview of the book online in that posted link or somewhere else?

    Just wonderin'. *edit* Never mind!
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    A Chinese-language book of (I gather) mostly Russian figure drawings passed briefly through my hands last year - just long enough to take these photos. Sorry about the briggsy fingers in a few of the shots!

    http://www5.zippyshare.com/v/74288749/file.html

    Edit- New links:
    http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/17172369/file.html
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    Awesome, Briggsy- thanks a lot for posting those!
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    Quote Originally Posted by briggsy@ashtons View Post
    A Chinese-language book of (I gather) mostly Russian figure drawings passed briefly through my hands last year - just long enough to take these photos. Sorry about the briggsy fingers in a few of the shots!

    http://www5.zippyshare.com/v/74288749/file.html
    sure its the right link?

    I get this.

    You have requested the file:
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