Artist Bio: Anatoli Paviovich Levitin

Anatoli Levitin was born in  Moscow in 1921. Throughout his childhood he gained artistic skills and knowledge through his education. He attended the Central House of Artistic Education of Children in Moscow. Levitin later attended the Academy of the Arts in then Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). During World War II, Levitin was drafted and was fighting from 1942-1945. When the war ended, he returned to Leningrad and enrolled in the Department of Paintings at the Repin Institute.

Levitin is known for his realist paintings. He worked to depict common people, young and old. He also painted about the Revolution of 1917 and the Great Patriotic War. Levitin did not tend to paint plain landscapes. Typically he added people and emotion into the painting, using the landscape to add to the overall theme of the painting. Levitin was very skilled at using humans to convey different messages. It was common that he would take experiences from his life and transform them into painted messages as well.
Return of Yuri Gagarin  and Valentina  Tereshkova

The painting at the left is a good example of Levitin's artwork. The emotion and theme all stems from the people. The facial expressions exhibit happiness and clearly glorify the moment. The background adds to the painting yet, is not a main focus.  

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