Isaak Brodsky

Ukraine / 1884 - 1939 / wikipedia
"Isaak Israelovitch Brodsky (1884-1939); Russian painter who bridged the pre-Soviet and Soviet eras. Mentored by Ilya Repin, one of the great 19th century Russian painters, Brodsky went on to be one of the seminal figures in the Socialist Realism school."

Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky (6 Jan. 1884 [O.S. 25 Dec. 1883] – Aug. 14, 1939; Ukrainian and Soviet painter whose work provided a blueprint for the art movement of socialist realism. ...known for his iconic portrayals of Lenin and idealized, carefully crafted paintings dedicated to the events of the Russian Civil War and Bolshevik Revolution.

Born in Sofiyevka in Ukraine, he studied at Odessa Art Academy and the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. In 1916 he joined the Jewish Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. When Brodsky asked Lenin to autograph his painting Lenin, he said: "I am signing to what I don't agree with for the first time".

Brodsky was on good terms with many leading Russian painters, including his mentor, Ilya Repin. He was an avid art collector who donated numerous first-class paintings to museums in his native Ukraine and elsewhere. His superb art collection included important works by Repin, Vasily Surikov, Valentin Serov, Isaak Levitan, Mikhail Vrubel, and Boris Kustodiev. After his death Brodsky's apartment on Arts Square in St. Petersburg was declared a national museum. His art collection is still on exhibit there. Honored Artist of the Russian SFSR and a member of the Union of Russian Artists. ...first painter to be awarded the Order of Lenin. ... From 1934-1939 he was also a head of personal Art workshop in institute, where his pupils included the well-known Soviet painters Nikolai Timkov, Alexander Laktionov, Yuri Neprintsev, Piotr Belousov, Piotr Vasiliev, Mikhail Kozell. He died in Leningrad in 1939. His memoirs were published posthumously.
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