Kukryniksy, The (Russian)

The most famous group of 3 artists specialising in political art, Kukryniksy is a household name in the former Soviet Union.

"Kukryniksy" was a collective name derived from the combined names of three caricaturists (Mikhail Kupriyanov (Михаил Васильевич Куприянов), Porfiri Krylov (Порфирий Никитич Крылов), and Nikolai Sokolov (Николай Александрович Соколов) who had met at VKhUTEMAS, a Moscow art school, in the early 1920s. The three began drawing caricatures under the joint signature in 1924.

They became nationally famous in the 1930s after the rise of fascism, drawing for Krokodil, the Moscow satirical paper. They received international recognition for their attacks on Hitler, Mussolini, Himmler, Goebbels, and Franco. During the Great Patriotic War they established the TASS Windows for political cartoons and posters.

They also illustrated a number of books, including Ilf and Petrov's. The Kukrynuksy are also authors of Socialist Realism-style paintings concerned with historical, political and propaganda topics.

As individuals, they are also known as landscape and portrait artists.

All three were awarded the honorary title of People's Artist of the USSR (1958). They were also recipients of other awards.

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Fighting Africa

Fighting Africa


Works on Paper: Gouache

57 x 50 cm

£ 8,920.00

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