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Vladimir Alexandrovich Vetrogonski

(Petrograd, Russian SFSR, 1923 - 2002, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Vetrogonski was born in the village of Pukhtaevo in Vologda oblast. In 1939, he entered an art school run by the Leningrad Academy of Art. Upon his graduation, he followed his father, mother, and two brothers into the Red Army to fight in WWII. His father and one brother would never return. From 1946-1951, Vetrogonski continued his studies at the Repin Institute in Leningrad. He went on to be accepted into the Union of Artists of the USSR in 1953, the Union of Journalists of the USSR in 1969, and to become the dean of the graphic department at the Repin Institute. Vetrogonski was known for saying that “Every artist has a place in Russia, which is located on his way to the world of understanding truth, goodness, and beauty, without which his creative biography would cease to exist. A place which is tightly connected to his understanding of homeland.” For the well-traveled Vetrogonski it is hard to find one defining location, but his series of “industrial landscapes” seem tied to that idea. This piece is an example of one of those prints in which he tried to show the Soviet laborer in his natural, industrial habitat.

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