Sergei Ivanovich Osipov (1915-1985) untitled Social Realism still life with bottle, jar, books and a mirror. Oil on wood panel, signed C. Osipov l.r., (attributed verso, see photos), circa 1975. Unmistakable resemblance to Osipov's 1970's masterworks Cornflowers and Still Life with Jug. 18.5" x 15.75" unframed.
In 1932, Sergei Osipov enters the preparatory classes at the Russian Academy of Arts, and in 1936 becames a student of painting at the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. His teachers were Semion Abugov, Mikhail Bernshtein, Genrikh Pavlovsky.
After losing a leg in WWII, Sergei Osipov returns to his art studies and graduates from the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. His graduation work was painting named "Partisans", dedicated to the guerrilla struggle against the Nazis in occupied territory of the Soviet Union.
In 1945 Osipov begins teaching art, first at the Tavricheskaya Art School, then at the Maxim Gorky Art Studio at the Palace of Culture. From 1949 until the end of 1970 Osipov teaches at the Leningrad Higher School of Art and Industry. During the same period, Sergei Osipov begins to work on contracts as painter with Lenizo. In April 1945 he is accepted as a member of the Leningrad Union of Soviet Artists. Soon after he begins to participate in art exhibitions, gradually restoring skill lost during the war.
Sergei Osipov's style develops gradually. By the end of 1950 in technical terms he was established as a master. This is evidenced by his works shown in major exhibitions from 1950 through 1960. Not content to sit on his laurels, Osipov strove to go further with his art. During the 1960's, Sergei Osipov reinvents his views of composition of painting; by simplifying and light deformation of objects, Sergei Osipov emphasizes their three-dimensional structure, and internal force, the stresses created by nature or man. His paintings develop more abstract form with a marked tendency to generalize, the desire to get away from naturalism to a contemplative and philosophical depth.
The acme of Osipov's creativity comes in the late 1970s to early 1980s. During this period he creates a number of outstanding works, mainly in the genre of still life and landscape. Among them "Still Life with a Balalaika"(1970), "A House with the arch" (1972), "Autumn branch"(1974), "Staritsa town in winter"(1974), "Still Life with White Jug" (1975), "Cornflowers"(1976), "A Forest River" (1976), "Izborsk's slopes" (1978), "A Little rick in rainy day" (1981), "Early greens" (1982), "Dandelions" (1985). These paintings elevate Osipov to one of the leading artists of the Leningrad school.
Osipov's paintings are in the State Russian Museum, in other Art museums and private collections in Russia, France, USA, England, Finland, and others.