Krivonogov Piotr Aleksandrovich
Krivonogov Piotr Aleksandrovich (1911–1967) is a well-known Soviet battle painter. All work of the artist is connected to the M.B.Grekov Studio. It is said about the artist that he ‘created the portrait of war.’ Krivonogov graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Art, Sculpture, and Architecture in 1939, where he was a student of I. Brodsky and K. Yuon. He joined the army in 1939 and continued his artistic career at the Grekov Red Army Studio. Krivonogov went through the war as part of troops from Moscow through to Berlin, creating sketches and paintings. His most famous painting, “Victor,” for which he was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1949, is represented at the Moscow Central Armed Forces Museum. In 1967, he was awarded a Grekov Gold Medal for his superb military art works. On August the 8th, 1997, a History Museum named after Krivonogov was opened in Kiyasovo village. The artist’s classic battle paintings have become part of the "golden inheritance" of fine Russian realistic art.