Arkady Aleksandrovich Plastov was born in Prislonikha, Simbirsk province, in 1893. He studied with D. I. Arkhangelsky in Simbirsk from 1908 to 1912. He studied at Stroganov College from 1912 to 1914. From 1914 to 1917 he studied sculpture at the Moscow College of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture under S. Volnukhin.

Active in Prislonikha, Plastov began exhibiting his works in 1929. In 1931 he exhibited with the Union of Soviet Artists. Little is known about his early career, since his works from the 1920s and 1930s were destroyed by a fire. By the late 1930s he was already a fully established master with a clearly defined range of themes.

Important shows include:

* 1939: “Twenty Years of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army”; Moscow.
* 1947, 1949-1952, 1955: “All-Union Art Exhibition”; Moscow.
* 1960: “Soviet Russia”; Moscow.

Well-known works include:

* “Collective Farm Festival” (1937; Russian Museum)
* “The Bathing of the Horses” (1936-’38; Russian Museum)
* “Harvesting” (1945; Tretyakov Gallery)
* “Haymaking” (1945; Tretyakov Gallery)
* “Collective-Farm Threshing” (1949; Kiev Museum of Russian Art)
* “The Tractor Driver’s Supper” (1951; Irkutsk Art Museum)
* “Spring” (1954; Tretyakov Gallery)

Plastov became a member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 1947. This gave him the title of “acadmician” - one of the highest honors and most prestigious titles bestowed upon a Russian artist. He was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946, and two Orders of Lenin. He was awarded the title ‘People’s Artist of the USSR.’ He received the Lenin Prize in 1966.

His works are in the permanent collections of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow,and the Kiev Museum of Russian art, as well as other art museums and galleries world-wide. Plastov was one of the great Soviet realists, and the outstanding socialist realist painter of the Stalin era. He died in Prislonikha in 1972.
A collection of images of paintings by Plastov. Click on any image to view a larger version.
Assembled by Bob Smith, July 2008

A Nazi Plane has flown by - 1942

Birch Forest - 1939

Boy Mishin - 1960's

Collective Farm Celebration - 1937

Field Flowers - 1940


Haymaking - 1945

In Summer - 1954

Mountainash trees - 1960

Off to the Summer Pioneer Camp (detail) - 1950

Old village bath - 1954

Pay Day - 1951

Portrait of Nikolai Volkov - 1940

Portrait of Stalin - 1937

Portrait of Stepan Nazarov - 1956-59

Sashka the Soldier - 1968

The Germans are coming - 1941

Tosya Gusenkpva - 1960's

Tractor Drivers' supper - 1961

Trial by Pugachev

Vova Gusenkov on the sleigh - 1956-59

Waterboy - 1958