Ivan Alekseevich Vladimirov
and Norman Rockwell

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Ivan Alexeeivich Vladimirov

Here's an early Vladimirov painting entitled "Bloody Sunday."
It's clear where his sympathies lie.

image source < http://www.wikiart.org/es/Tag/military-and-soldiers/7#supersized-search-272152 >

What are revolutionaries (presumably Bolshevik?) doing?


Allison, Abby, Heejin
Julia and Caoihme
This painting, "Looting," suggests that Vladimirov was getting disgusted with the excesses
of revolutionaries, especially the figure in black in the foreground; the black leather
outfit is a kind of visual code for policeman. The peasants have ransacked their
former lord's manor of its treasures.

image source < http://www.wikiart.org/en/ivan-vladimirov/military-clash#supersized-artistPaintings-272105 >

Who's doing what to whom? Notice the old peasant on the right.
Jane, Brooke, Anna

image source < http://englishrussia.com/2013/01/24/revolution-in-pictures/ >
Jane, Brooke, Anna

In this image, Vladimirov shows a political activist (Bolshevik/black leather jacket,
aided by a arrogant sailor (from the Cruiser Aurora?) preaching the
revolutionary message to credulous peasants. The image on the newspaper
is that of Karl Marx. What can you infer/deduce of
Vladimirov's attitude towards the peasants?

In this image, Vladimirov depicts drunken soldiers who have broken into a liquor store and helped
themselves to its contents. If you look carefully, you can see that the shop advertises wine, liquor, etc.
Next door is a tobacco shop. One source entitles this picture "Progrom." What is


image source < http://media.englishrussia.com/112012/vladimirovart/vladimirovart001-28.jpg >
"Interrogation in the Investigation of Poverty"
It looks to me as if the man with his arm stretched out in an accusatory way is the same
as the activist from the image (above.) Bolshevik troopers sit amidst
the wreckage of the house facing villagers accused of....what? Are you sympathetic towards
the bearded/robed man? Is he supposed to be an Orthodox priest?


This image it showsrevolutionary soldiers invading
and smashing the Winter Palace. What do you think?


This image is pretty easy to decode. Let's hear it!
Maybe it's more complicated than you think.

What's the message here? It's a bakery. Are they vandalizing it or
about to distribute bread to the starving citizens?

Is this the same old man as in the interrogation image?
Whose side is Vladimirov on?

Who are these yahoos?

In this 1919 watercolor, Vladimirov showed Bolshevik/Communist cadres or activists executing a suspected political enemy or agent. Vladimirov walked a thin line when he made these kinds of depictions during the crisis years of the Civil War and Intervention.

image source < https://library.brown.edu/cds/askb/pdf/vladimirov_art.pdf >

It seems to me that Vladimirov's sympathies are always with the people and their suffering.


Some historians say that Vladimirov later "sold out" to the Soviet/Bolshevik/Communist authorities.

Norman Rockwell

Is it just about coca cola? (1931 "Farm Boy")
What image/perception of American life?

image source < http://images.bwbx.io/cms/2012-05-01/0501_CocaCola_02Inline_202.jpg >
Alexa, Austin, Tammy

In 1943, during World War II, Norman Rockwell produced a series of paintings, "The Four Freedoms."
Like Vladimirov, he used his almost photographic and popular artistic style and expertise to promote a patriotic view of the
American way of life. Look at the images below, representing "Freedom of Speech" and
"Freedom of Want." What's going on in 1943 and what do you think "Joe" is saying in the
left image? What's going on in the right image?

"The Four Freedoms"

Anna, Jane, Brooke, Sarah
image source < http://www.kollewin.com/blog/four-freedoms-rockwell/ >
Julia and Caoimhe "Freedom from Want"

What message here? Contrast with Vladimirov's depictions of soldiers.

image source < http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4405661154_cb9c809bd8.jpg >
"Liberty Girl," 1943 Saturday Evening Post cover
What message? How political/how patriotic was Norman Rockwell?


"The Runaway" 1958 (Saturday Evening Post)
Positive or negative view of police?
Allison and Abby



Norman Rockwell painted "The Problem We All Live With" as a Look magazine centerfold in 1964. It commmemorates 6 year old Ruby Bridges being escorted to a segregated school in 1960 New Orleans. President Obama chose to hang the original painting in the White House, July - October, 2011.

image source < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Problem_We_All_Live_With >

Norman Rockwell, painted "Russian Schoolroom" in 1967 at the heighth of the Cold War.
Does it remind of you of Vladimirov? If yes/no, how? What can you deduce from
or infer from this painting? What are they wearing? How do they sit? What is Rockwell telling you?
Ms Hammer told me that this depiction is uncannily accurate!

image source < http://normanrockwell.wikispaces.com/Norman+Rockwell+and+The+Russian+Schoolroom >

In this painting, Norman Rockwell posed the children for his 1956 Saturday Evening Post cover, "Happy Birthday Miss Jones." Heejin suggested juxtaposing it with the Soviet classroom above.

image source < http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/95603171.jpg >









Go back to [ Revolution ] page and look at the propaganda images that
Lenin chose!

What were Vladimirov's options, considering the years of his life (1869-1947)? At least he survived
the Great Terror/Purges of the Stalin era. Comments/thoughts--especially in the context
of Eugenia's memoir.