Pakulin Vyacheslav Vladimirovich
1900, Rybinsk – 1951, Leningrad
Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer. Studied under Alexei Karev and Vladimir Lebedev at the Baron Stieglitz Central School of Technical Drawing/Higher Studios of Decorative and Applied Art in Petrograd/Leningrad (1916–1917, 1919?, 1920–1922), under Alexei Karev and Alexander Savinov at VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN (1922–1925); under Vsevolod Meyerhold in classes at Mastery of Stage Production Courses. Contributed to exhibitions (from 1922). Influenced by spatial ideas of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. Member and exhibitor of IZO section bureau of the Leningrad regional branch of SORABIS (1925– 1929); Circle of Artists (1926–1932; founding member and chairman); Union of New Trends in Art (1923–1923(26?)). Board member of the Leningrad Branch of the Union of Artists (from 1932). Served in the Red Army (1919–1920).
Worked as a designer at the Decorative Institute (from 1922), member of the brigade of artists who created the Cotton panel for the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (from 1935, headed by Alexander Samokhvalov). Contributed to the Physical Training panel for the Soviet pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris (1937). During the siege of Leningrad (1941–1944) created the commonly known series of paintings Leningrad During the Patriotic War. “Despite the unavoidable criticism of Pakulin in press, his landscape series was in a way the face of blockaded Leningrad and was shown at all Soviet exhibitions – at the exhibition of Leningrad artists in Moscow in 1942, in Kiev in 1944, at the “Heroic Front and Home Front” exhibition in Moscow in 1943, the “Leningrad in the Days of the Blockade” exhibition in Gorky in 1943, and the All-Union Exhibition of Victory in Moscow in 1945.” (A. Strukova. “Leningradskaya peizazhnaya shkola. 1930– 1940-e gody”. GALART, Moscow, 2011, p. 229).