Alexsandr Bubnov
Stalin approving a USSR model of the pavilion for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937

Alexsandr Bubnov

1908 - 1964

Bubnov was an important Soviet artist and participated in the 1946 All Union Fine Art Exhibition at the Tretyakov.

This life size portrait of the leader of the Soviet Union during World War II showcases the manner in which art has often been used as a tool of propaganda. Bubnov's composition consciously recalls the tradition of Grand Tour portraits as exemplified by Pompeo Batoni.