Artist Spotlight: Alexander Deineka

These strapping lads and lasses were the Russian physical ideal. Deineka's provocative male nudes conflict with Russia's contemporary antigay views.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 03 2013 4:00 AM ET


The Boys Start Running Out of the Water, 1935

Deineka (alternately Deyneka and Deinyka) was a Soviet Russian painter, graphic artist, and sculptor, regarded as one of the most important Russian modernist figurative painters of the first half of the 20th century. Gay? Bisexual? Who is to say? We include his art here for his idealistic view of the male athletic form.

Deineka was born in Kursk to a railroader family. He was educated at Kharkov Art College. His youth was spent — as was many of his contemporaries — devoted to events around the revolution. In 1918 he worked as the photographer in Criminal Investigation Department, managed a section of the Art of Regional Educational Department, designed campaigns, and became involved in the defense of Kursk. In 1919-1920 Deineka was in the army where he managed art studio in Kursk Political Department.

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