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30/04/14

Viktor Popkov at Somerset House

An extensive collection of paintings by one of the most celebrated artists from the Soviet era

Thu 22 May 2014 - Wed 18 June 2014 Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

Soviet realist artist Viktor Popkov will have his first UK exhibition at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition will comprise around 40 paintings by the artist, including his most famous canvas Summer, July (1969). Billionaire art collector Andrey Filatov set an auction record for Popkov in 2010 when he bought the painting from Sotheby’s in New York for $842,500. Filatov has described Popkov as “the Dostoevsky of art” despite the fact that he is little known outside of Russia.

Popkov was one of the most celebrated artists in the Soviet Union. As an artist, he went through several different stylistic periods from socialist realism in the Fifties, to the austere style he helped create in the Sixties, to a more romantic phase later on. He was accidentally shot and killed in a tragic incident in Moscow in 1974. 

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