Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin was one of the very few artists permitted to make sketches of Vladimir Lenin in his coffin, as the Bolshevik leader lay in state in 1924. The painting he made afterwards has rarely been exhibited and spends most of its time in storage at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. In this video, Natalia Murray, co-curator of our exhibition Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932 explains why it’s so seldom on display.
Note: The painting was on display in this exhibition Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932 which was displayed in the Main Galleries from 11 February — 17 April 2017.
Via [Royal Academy of Arts]
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