This painting, which was also planned as a mural like Stakhanovites
, is part of two large scale sketches that chart the first 20 years of the Soviet Union. This piece shows the beginning of the Civil War, and shows the strong Bolshevik army united and confident under the red banner.
Red Star Over Russia
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 71 x 222.5 cm Perm Stat Art Gallery, Perm, Russia © Rodchenko & Stepanova Archive, DACS, RAO 2017
Red Star over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905 – 55
at Tate Modern marks the centenary of the October Revolution with a remarkable display of the collection of the late photographer and graphic designer David King (1943 - 2016), offering a visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Using selected works from King’s incredible collection of over 250,000 items relating to the period, the show will chart how political events changed the face of art and graphic design, with a lasting impact still felt today.