Krasnoyarsk: The Artists' Union of the USSR, 1965. Original illustrated wrappers. Item #529
Book measures: 12.5 x 20 cm. 34 pages: illustrations. Text in Russian. One of 500 copies. Signed by the artist on the free endpaper.
This exhibition catalog, signed by Andrei Prokofievich Lekarenko (1895–1978), celebrates the legacy of the acclaimed Soviet painter and Honored Artist of the RSFSR. Trained at Krasnoyarsk art school and further refined at the St. Petersburg School of the "Society of Encouragement of Arts," Lekarenko was influenced by eminent artists like N. Roerich, A. Rylov, and I. Bilibin. His studies at VKhUTEMAS under mentors such as Vladimir Favorsky and Pyotr Konchalovsky further shaped his artistic vision.
Lekarenko's pivotal exploration of the Arctic in 1925 deeply influenced his work, leading to a portfolio rich in themes of rugged nature and the resilience of northern peoples. His post-war period was marked by a prolific output of landscapes, blending epic and lyrical styles, as seen in works like "Eastern Sayan" and "Twilight of the Yenisei." A skilled portraitist, he also captured the spirit of the northern inhabitants.
Honored with the Order of the Badge of Honor, Lekarenko's distinguished career in art and education is a testament to his enduring impact on Soviet art.