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Zinovi Popov

Zinovi Popov

Zinovi Popov was born in 1924 in a small village in Penza, Russia. His love for Russian Art painting began at an early age after being wounded in the war. He returned home in 1947 and began working in the Artist's Union, there he cultivated his artistic abilities. In 1949 Zinovi Popov entered the art college in Penza. After graduating from the college he moved to Voronezh, Russia and began teaching at the Academy of Art.

Zinovi Popov always strived to find his own way and in 1954 his works were submitted to the Union of Artists in Voronezh, and accepted in 1960. He began exhibiting in local, regional and Soviet exhibitions.

Zinovi Popov focused on plein air paintings, and he is also know for his captivating and colorful portraits. Throughout his early years he developed a style that was recognized then and is now by many enthusiasts of Russian paintings.

In the 1970's Zinovi Popov became the director of the Artist's Union and caused a great stir for abandoning the Soviet traditions of painting. He was at this time considered a genious and his technique was unsurpassable due to his color palette and the lush vibrant use of color that has become his trademark.

Zinovi Popov died in the 1984 at the age of 59, his personal exhibitions at the Kromskoi Museum in Voronezh contained over 130 paintings, including landscapes, portraits and still life, all depicting everyday life in the villages surrounding Voronezh. It was always his opinion that his landscapes were his favorites.

Meeting his wife on several occassions over the past years and as recent as May, 2007 and hearing the stories of their life together and seeing the tears run down her face as she speaks of her husband and friend will always be one of my greatest memories of knowing of and understanding an artist that I was never priviledged to meet. These stories are paintings within themselves, I can only imagine what the painting would be.

Mrs. Popov continues to live in Voronezh and works in the Artist's Union there.
Zinovi Popov's paintings are in museums and collections in Russia, Germany, Italy, and the USA.

''The Fox And The Hen'' by Zinovi Popov"The Fox And The Hen"
Date: 1979
Size: Image: 12" x 9"
Size: With borders: 19" x 14"
Clearing stamp from the Cultural Committee Voronezh, Russia.
Further signed and dated in Cyrillic on the reverse.
Watercolor on heavy paper.
''In The Park'' by Zinovi Popov"In The Park"
Date: 1960
Size: 13" x 19"
Oil on Card
'' by Zinovi Popov
Date: 1975
Size: 27.5" x 26"
Oil on Board
Signature in Cyrillic reverse
''In The Yard'' by Zinovi Popov"In The Yard"
Oil on Board
Date: 1968
Size: 19,1/8 x 27,3/8
Signature in Cyrillic on reverse
''Contemplation'' by Zinovi Popov"Contemplation"
Oil on Card
Date: 1960
Size: 9.5" x 6.75"
Signature in Cyrillic on reverse
'Sketch, 'Model'' by Zinovi PopovSketch, "Model"
Crayon on paper
Date: 1961
Size: 14" x 19"
'Sketch,'Horses'' by Zinovi PopovSketch,"Horses"
Watercolor on paper
Date: 1960
Image size:12" x 16"
''Winter in the Tractor Yard'' by Zinovi Popov"Winter in the Tractor Yard"
Watercolor on paper
Date: 1965
Size: 14.25" x 10.75"

''Village'' by Zinovi Popov"Village"
Oil on Card
Date: 1951
Size: 7.25" x 5,75"
Signature in cyrillic on reverse
''Autumn'' by Zinovi Popov"Autumn"
Oil on Board
Date: 1979
Size: 29" x 17"
Signature in cyrillic lower right corner and reverse
Framed
''Winter'' by Zinovi Popov"Winter"
Oil on Canvas
Date: 1975
Size: 32" x 24"
Signature in cyrillic on reverse
Framed
''Autumn'' by Zinovi Popov"Autumn"
Oil on Canvas
Date: 1974
Size: 41.5" x 22"
Signature in cyrillic on reverse
Framed
''Rostov Velikiy Bells'' by Zinovi Popov"Rostov Velikiy Bells"
Oil on Board
Date: 1960
Size: 27.5" x 26"
Signature in cyrillic on reverse
Framed

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