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Monday, May 2, 2011

Gagarin, Son of Russia

The pictures above come from a fascinating book Syn Rossii (Son of Russia) devoted to the memory of Yuri Gagarin and published in Moscow in 1981. The book contains a long poem (not very good) by Albert Likhanov and 28 color paintings by a group of artists Kalerya and Boris Kukulyev and Oleg An. The artists come from the village Palekh in the Ivanovo region, known for a tradition of icon painting. The pictures had been made in the traditional lacquered style. Stylish attempt to include the first Soviet astronaut into the context of Russian mythology.

Dave Lawrence, living in Ukraine with his Ukrainian wife, found the pictures from the book as a set of postcards printed in 1987. See his blog entry.

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