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Tsentral'nyi Komitet Lenins'koi Komunistychnoi Spilky Molodi [Central committee of the Leninist communist youth union]
Stalin i dity [Stalin and the children]
1939. [Kharkiv]: Ditvidav TsK LKSMU, 1939. Oblong folio (31 × 41 cm). Original blue buckram portfolio, tooled and embossed, with inset photograph to front board; twelve leaves of autolithographs to rectos, including the title leaf. Light bruising to lower spine; else very good. First and only edition of this set of eleven lithographed portraits of Stalin with children, capturing both the cult of personality of the Soviet leader and the so-called "cult of childhood" in Soviet society, as it was developing in the 1930s. The collected portraits depict Stalin receiving honors and accolades from children who are by turns presenting him with flowers, receiving his autograph, discussing his work in a reading group. Each portrait was completed in Socialist realist style by artists associated with the Kharkov Art Institute. As observed by Catriona Kelly in her book on Russian childhood, from the mid-1930s onwards, all "commitment to childrens' autonomy was abandoned: the model child was now without question one who was obedient and grateful to adults for their guidance...Thus children became models for adult behavior in their utter devotion to the Soviet dictator" (Children's World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991, p. 93). Some of these portraits were printed from famous press photographs of the leader, most strikingly the image of Stalin receiving flowers from the Buriat girl Gelya [Engelsina] Markizova taken in 1936. The image went "viral" and served as a basis for artworks and sculptures of the leader with the little girl, until Gelya's father, Ardan Markizov, a represen … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: F.A. Bernett Books [US]
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