Soviet Union, 4 Kopeks 1978

Soviet Union, 4 Kopeks 1978

ID Number: BB10-0204
Category: Stamps (Single)
Description: Soviet Union, 4 Kopeks 1978
Country or State: Soviet Union (USSR or CCCP)
Year: 16.09.1978
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Face Value: 4 Russian kopek
Subject/Theme: Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878–1939): Bathing of a Red Horse, 1912
Edge: comb 12½ x 12
Dimensions (B x H): 52 x 37 mm
Release: 7.400.000
Scott Catalog Number:  
Other Catalog Number: Michel SU 4757
State of Conservation: Uncirculated (UNC), stamped

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Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin (1878 - February 15, 1939) was an important Russian and Soviet painter and writer.

Even during his college years, Petrov-Vodkin managed to enter into conflict with the Russian Orthodox Church, which discarded his work on a chapel in Samara and ultimately destroyed it as unacceptable. A number of his early works were deemed too erotic. His first well-known work was The Dream (1910), which sparked a discussion among contemporary Russian artists.

The main defender of the painting was Alexandre Benois; his main detractor was Ilya Repin (hence, Petrov-Vodkin was discussed by two of the major Russian painters of the time). Other major works of that time include Boys at play, and, notably, Bathing of a Red Horse, his most iconic work. The latter became an instant classic, and, in a sense, trademark for the artist.

During this stage in his artistic development, Petrov-Vodkin extensively used an aesthetic of Orthodox icon together with brighter colours and unusual compositions. His works were often deemed blasphemous and erotic.