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Arseny Semenov 1911~1992
Semenov was born in 1911 in the village of Maksimovo, Province of Vitebsk and started drawing whilst a child. At the age of 15, without money or privilege, he moved to Leningrad where he obtained work in the foundry of a heavy electrical equipment factory. At the same time he entered a studio run by the Artist Association of Revolutionary Russia and subsequently became a member of D N Kardovsky’s workshop at the All-Russia Art and Industry School.
His career of painting and teaching was interrupted at the onset of the second world war when he was conscripted into the Tank Corps. Initially a private in the Great Siberian Reserve Forces, within a year he became the commanding officer of a battalion.
Severely wounded in 1943, he lost none of his determination or artistic ability and presented himself at the Surikov Art School in Moscow where he taught for 3 years and produced a significant number of paintings based on his military experiences.
Semenov returned to Leningrad in 1947 to teach painting at the Mukhina Academy and exhibited his work with the Artists’ Union for the next forty years
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