On the 3rd of April the Isaak Brodsky museum will host an exhibition dedicated to the 120 years commemoration of the artist Maksim Ushakov-Poskochin.
Maksim Ushakov-Poskochin (1893-1943) was a talented artist and representative of the Leningrad’s Book Illustration School. He worked together with his contemporaries Vladimir Lebedev, Dmitry Mitrokhin, Vladimir Konashevich, Konstantin Rudakov and others. The artist graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in 1924. In 1941 Maksim Ushakov-Poskochin was denounced and arrested because of false political accusations. Between the 1920s and 1941 the artist worked for the central publishing houses of Leningrad and Moscow. In this period he illustrated more then 200 books. Among the illustrated books by the artist one can find not only works by Juvenal and William Shakespeare, Nicolay Chernyshevsky and Mikhail Lermontov, etc. but also folk art, such as different compendiums for peasants or song-books. The highly developed style of the artist together with his technical skills are clearly visible in the illustrations in “Aeneid”, the book by the Ukrainian writer Ivan Kotlyarevsky. Unfortunately, the artist’s career was disturbed by the II World War and in 1941 by the Soviet Commissariat for Internal Affairs. He was put in jail according to a denunciation which turned out to be false years later. Maksim Ushakov-Poskochin died in 1943 in aconcentration camp in Karaganda. In 1956 the artist was posthumously rehabilitated.
The exhibition is open from the 3, April, 2013 until the 14th, April, 2013