One of the major players on the world stage during the 20th Century, his actions affected millions of lives for generations following his death in 1924 at age 53. Here he is in all his glory, looking dapper and a little stern in this scarce, full-length, hand painted portrait. It's based upon a famous photograph of the leader, which was taken in 1920.
This oil on canvas artwork measures 28"x58¼"; I would say that the 54 figure is about ¾ life size. Silhouetted against the stark white background, the figure has a rather arresting presence.
The head and upper body are finely painted with nice brushwork and detail, while the rest of the figure is a bit more sketchy. This technique really rivets the viewer's attention on the face, which seems to look into your very soul! It would certainly be the focal point of the room, and a sure fire conversation starter! Condition is quite good, with just a few minor issues. The canvas had been stored rolled before being re-stretched about ten years ago; apparently it was slightly flattened while rolled, resulting in a number of light horizontal creases, some with very minor associated paint loss.These are not at all severe, and were difficult to capture on camera. There are eleven in all, occurring at four to five inch intervals from top to bottom, and they're less noticeable in the top half of the composition.
There is a white smudge on the lower pant leg on the right side. The few remaining minor issues are pointed out in my detail photos.The head and upper body are virtually perfect, with no damage. Due to bright sunlight, it was difficult to achieve consistency in exposure and color value, but the main photo, showing the head and shoulders in closeup, is a very accurate depiction of the picture's true appearance. There are no holes, scratches, inpainting or repairs.
I could find no signature or other identifying marks. This painting, along with dozens of others I plan to offer here, was collected by my late brother while he was living and working abroad. In 2008, a portion of his large collection was featured in the Grand Gallery of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Please refer to the final photograph, of a sign which was part of that exhibition; it will give you a good idea of the recent provenance of the painting.
Interest in, and appreciation of Soviet Socialist Realist art is rapidly increasing, as critics and collectors alike realize the importance of the material for both its aesthetic and historic merit. Thanks a lot for viewing my listing! If this item appeals to you please check back often, since I plan to continually offer many examples of Soviet art and artifacts, along with selected quality antiques, collectibles and books, in the weeks & months to come! The item "RUSSIAN COMMUNIST KITSCH Oil Painting USSR Soviet Era PROPAGANDA Portrait LENIN" is in sale since Thursday, September 22, 2016. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".The seller is "sheetcreek" and is located in Scottsville, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.