Artists (Modern)

For the purposes of this site, we have defined “modern” artists as those that spent most of their careers after 1953. We have chosen this date as, first, a generational marker. Many late-tsarist artists continued working after the revolution, while many late-Soviet artists are still working today. Those still working today are likely to have been born after 1953, when political and social restrictions were relaxed after the death of Stalin. The anti-communist movement in the US, which occurred around the same time, also means that artists born after this date are much less likely to be known in the US. In preparing material for this section, however, we have tried to concentrate mostly on living artists.

Elena Martilla: Artist of the Blockade

Elena Oskarovna Martilla came of age as an artist during WWII in Leningrad. She created haunting images of the suffering the residents of that blockaded city lived through as well as proud images of their perseverance. Today, she is 98 years old and still producing art. The Russian Museum, one of the St. Petersburg’s largest […]

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