Vladimirov had come to despise the Bolsheviks but he followed the party line by "creating heroic pictures, he secretly recorded the excesses and atrocities committed by Leon Trotsky's Red Army and the regime" (source). For decades, many of his anti-Soviet paintings were kept locked away. Others began to emerge in the West, including 10 Water colours that were sold in New York in 1953, six years after the artist's death.
"It is rare to find an artist creating images that on the one hand reflect a particular ideology while at the same time surreptitiously condemning that ideology through discreet pictures intended to show the truth behind the lies."(source)
- Read Peter Harrington's (art critic) interesting article on Ivan Vladimirov's art and Russian History
- Download all the images in a PDF
- See the images online on Pinterest, with captions taken from this site.