Viktor Tsvetkov (b 1920) Flowers on a Table Oil on Canvas 20 x 30 inches

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Flowers on a Table

Viktor Tsvetkov was born in Leningrad, today St Petersburg, in 1920, and grew up during the brutal early years of Soviet consolidation of Communist power in Russia.  He finished Leningrad Art School in 1937 and then graduated from the Repin Art Academy in 1952.  

A passionate realist, he spent long hours drawing from life scenes and travelling about his vast and beautiful native land.  In 1953, he became a Member of the Union of Artists, establishing himself as a portraitist and artist of figurative painting, primarily for his evocative still-lives. 

Art, as well as poetry, have become his life-long inspiration.  His versatile talent was recognised in Russia well before the 1980s, when Gorbachev's "perestroika" opened doors to the western world of art.  His works are now exhibited in galleries and museums in different cities in his motherland, including the internationally known Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow).  Additionally, many of his paintings have found their way to private collections in the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, and Canada.  

Having lived through the majority of the Soviet Union's existence, Tsvetkov experienced the early days of brutal Stalinist consolidation during his childhood to the dignified colapse of communism under Gorbachev in the 1980s.  Tsvetkov's beautiful still-life above is a testament to the beautiful colours of Russia and the optimism of his time.  The added ambiguity, which renders the painting so tantalisingly captivating, is whether such colour is a forced sterilisation of artistic creativity, or genuine expression of joy and happiness for the future.  


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