Friday, June 5, 2020

Bathing the Horses, Part 2 - "Bathing the Horses" by Arkady Plastov

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.

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