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Frontline artists in military Voronezh


Among the artists there were many volunteers who went to the front in the early days of the war. The war gave rise to a new concept – a front-line artist and redefined the meaning and purpose of his profession.

In between fights with pencil and paper in their hands, frontline artists performed combat missions: they produced newspapers, posters, and cartoons. Many submitted reports asking them to be sent to the places of military operations. So in Voronezh in 1942 were Moscow artists Vladimir Bogatkin and Vitaly Demidov. Their front-line drawings from the collection of VOHM them. I.N. Kramskoy are unique historical evidence of the true tragedy of Voronezh during the war years.

Vladimir Valeryanovich Bogatkin (1922 – 1971).
Schedule. Member of the Union of Artists.
Born in Moscow. Until 1936 he studied at the studio of A.I. Kravchenko. Before the war he graduated from the Leningrad Art School at the All-Russian Academy of Arts. Until 1942 he worked as an artist of the Central Theater of the Red Army. Since 1944 he worked at the Studio of Military Artists named after M.B. Grekov. He took part in art exhibitions.

He designed and illustrated books for the publishers Detgiz, Young Guard, Military Publishing House and others.

Member of World War II. He was awarded the medal “For Military Merit”, “For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.” and others.

The artist’s works are in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, the Central Museum of the Armed Forces, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Astrakhan Regional Art Gallery, the Ryazan Regional Art Museum, the Voronezh Regional Art Museum. I.N. Kramskoy, as well as other museum and private collections in Russia and abroad.

Vitaly Antipovich Demidov (1905 -?).
Unfortunately, very little is known about the artist. Born in 1905 in St. Petersburg. He studied at the Department of Advanced Studies of Artists at the Moscow Art Institute (1935-1941) under V.I. Baksheeva.

During the war in 1941-1943, he painted for the TASS Windows agency.

In the 1950s, he took part in the design of the pavilions of VDNH. His further fate is unknown.

Bogatkin Vladimir Valerianovich