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A unique figure in 20th-century Russian culture who played an active role at moments when this culture was going through dramatic changes, Alexander Deineka experimented with modernism in his young years, before later becoming one of the cornerstones of Socialist Realism.
In terms of his style, Deineka experienced at least three transformations: in the 1920s, in the 1930s and in the 1940s-1960s. Reality set out for him (as for others) its cruel rules, but he was probably the only artist to have made such radical shifts in his work.
The “Year of Russia in Italy” opened on February 16 in Rome with a major exhibition of the classic of Soviet art Alexander Deineka, whose oeuvre has become a part of the international cultural legacy.
In this issue we publish an article in which the famous art scholar Mikhail Lazarev offers an assessment of the great master’s artwork that differs from the prevailing one.