Gavril Gorelov

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Gavril Gorelov
1880-1966

Gavril Nikitich Gorelov was born March 22, 1880 in Pokrovskoye. From 1898 to 1903 he studied at the Pyenzyen Art College under the Professor K.L. Savitskovo. He then went on to study at the Academy of Art in St. Petersburg under the most famous Professor I. E. Repin, as well as F.A. Rubo and P.P. Chistyakov. Gorelov was a respected academician. After graduating from the Academy he was given scholarships to travel and study in Germany, France, and Italy from 1911 to 1914. Throughout his life he participated in numerous exhibitions and received many awards. He died in Moscow in 1966.

Exhibitions partial list

Awards:(partial list)

•Awarded the Stalin Prize, 1950
•Gold Medal awarded by the International Art Exhibition in Munich, for his master work "Public Persecution of Heretics", 1909
•Gold Medal, International Art Exhibition, Munich, 1911
•Member of the Academy of Artists' USSR
•Member of the realists' group AKhRR
•Merited Arts Worker
•Scholarships to study in Germany, France, & Italy, 1911-1914
•Silver Medal awarded by the International Exhibition in Paris, 1937
•Society for Promotion of Arts Prize, 1906
•Titled Honored Artist of the Russian Federation

Exhibitions:(partial list)

1904, Exhibition

1906-1909, South Russian Artist Group Exhibitions

1909, International Art Exhibition, Munich

1912-1916, Itinerate (Wanderers) Artistic Group Exhibitions

1925-1926, Association of Russian Republic Artists Group Exhibitions

1937, International Art Exhibition, Paris


Collections:(partial list)
The artist's works can be found in State Art Museums in Saratov, Lvov, Odessa, Irkutsk, Dnepropetrovsk, and others.

Works can also be found in private collections in Russia and abroad.


Astrakhan Picture Gallery
Red Army Soldiers in the Tretyakov Gallery in front of Repin's Painting 'Zaporzhe Cossacks', 1935, Oil on Canvas, 47 x 82 inches

Central Museum of Revolution, Moscow

Moscow Central Museum of Armed Forces

Russian Army Museum
Budenny's Cavalry Corps Near Voronezh, 1928, Oil on Canvas, 84 x 168 in, 1928, Oil on Canvas, 84 x 168 inches

Russian Museum, St Petersburg
Well-known Steelworker M.T. Gusarov With His Brigade, 1949, Oil on Canvas, 79 x 79 inches

The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Holiday in the Village, 1928, Oil on Canvas, 37 x 40 3/4 inches
Portrait of a Boy, 1947, Oil on Canvas, 39 1/4 x 22 1/8 inches

Tretyakov Gallery -Museum
Portrait of A. Subbotin, A Steel Founder at the "Hammer and Sickle" Plant, 1949, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 130 cm


Books:(partial list)
1998 — Socialist Realist Painting, by Matthew Cullerne Bown —

Artist Thoughts:

"I admired him immensely. Even brief comments and ideas from Ilya Efimovich gave me clear direction" -regarding his Professor I.E. Repin

Additional Information:

(from Socialist Realist Painting by Matthew Cullerne Bown)

"There was also a claimed 'organic' link between the military and art itself...Soldiers were depicted communing with the fine arts in numerous works, the best-known being Gorelov's Red Army Soldiers in the Tretyakov Gallery in front of Repin's Painting 'Zaporzhe Cossacks', designed to express, in the words of the author, the 'direct link existing between the freedom-loving Cossacks of the eighteenth century and the renowned warriors of the Red Army'."