Arkady Plastov (1903-1975) was a preeminent Soviet artist who adapted Socialist Realism to his own Impressionist style. Starting out as a sculptor in the 1920's, he is shown here with a model for one of his larger statues. He came into prominence, however, as a painter in the 1930's. In 1936 he was given a commission to produce a major work for a 1938 exposition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Red Army. Plastov chose as his subject soldiers bathing their horses, and today I am showing how he meticulously developed the theme over almost two years into a beautiful piece of art.