Tarnyagin Ivan Alexandrovich
1904, Arefinskaya Village, Shenkursk Dis trict, Arkhangelsk Province – 1941 (perished at war)
Painter, monumentalist, graphic artist; author of genre paintings, landscapes. Studied under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Alexander Savinov and Vasily Savinsky at the Monumental Department, Painting Faculty, VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN (1923– 1929); under Alexander Savinov as a post-graduate student of the Mass Production Department, Painting Faculty, Institute of Proletarian Fine Art/Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1930–1934). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1929). Member of RABIS (from 1923).
Member of the Union of Youth of the Association of Artists of Russia; Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1930–1931 – Executive Secretary of the Leningrad Branch of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia, 1931 – member of the Central Board of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia in Moscow); Leningrad Association of Proletarian Artists. Headed and taught at the IZO studio (former studio of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia, 1929); pre-entry courses for workers, Institute of Proletarian Fine Art (1930). From 1934 editor of LenIZOGIZ.
Going to Work was put out in mass editions in the IZOGIZ publishing house (1931, Leningrad). One of Petrov-Vodkin’s students remembers: “The talented Vanya Tarnyagin and Semyon Podorozhny lived in the dormitory and studied as if they were first-year students. Tarnyagin was from the north. His teachers and fellow students found his work to be very strong, but his life? He was very reserved, rarely would he laugh. It’s a shame if he was unhappy.” (Research Archives of the Russian Academy of Arts, collection 19, series 1, rec. 12. “Vospominaniya khudozhnitsy Anastasii Vasilyevny Garevoi. 28 April 1965, Novgorod, sheet 74 verso).