Friday, 21 March 2008

Mitrofan Grekov



Born June 3 (15), 1882, in Sharpaevka farmstead, in present-day Rostov Oblast; died Nov. 27, 1934, in Sevastopol’.



Soviet battle scene painter. Grekov studied at the Odessa Art School (1898–1903) and at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art (with F. A. Rubo). He was a member of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1925–29). From 1931 he lived in Moscow. The founder of Soviet battle scene painting. Grekov was one of the first artists to address himself to the actual events of the Civil War of 1918–20. His works depicted the battles of the First Cavalry Army and created an image of the people fighting heroically for Soviet power. Most of Grekov’s paintings are characterized by historical authenticity of events and types and a truthful re-creation of the whole atmosphere of the Civil War. Grekov introduced diorama and panorama painting into Soviet art. The Studio of War Artists, organized in 1935. was named after him. His paintings include Onward to Budennyi’s Detachment (1923), Liquidation of the Remnants of General Krzhizhanov-skii’s Army (1924), Tachanka (1925). Trumpeters of the First Cavalry Army (1934), and Budennyi’s Detachment Unmounted Is Repulsing the Enemy’s Attack (1934), all in the Tret’iakov Gallery.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Huge open pit mine near Mirny, Russia, East Siberia


Mir Mine (Russian:Кимберлитовая алмазная трубка "Мир"; English: kimberlite diamond pipe "Peace") is an abandoned open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia. The mine is 525 m deep and has a diameter of 1200 m.[1] It was the first[2] and one of the largest diamond pipes of the USSR. Mir Mine was discovered on June 13, 1955 by Soviet geologists Yuri Khabardin, Ekaterina Elagina and V.Avdeenko during the large Amakinsky Expedition in Yakut ASSR. It was operated for almost 50 years, finally closing on April 30, 2004 (Wikipedia)