Tereschenko, Nikolai (1924-2005)

Nikolai Ivanovitch Tereshenko was born in the village Matveevka in the Orlov oblast. He went to the Moscow Art School from the middle of the 1930's, amongst his teachers were S. Mikhailov and V. Pochitalov. From 1946 he studied at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow under A. Osmerkin. During the 1950's he created some of the most famous propaganda posters of that period. He used a new approach to posters. Instead of the usual method of drafting the poster in pencil and watercolour, he made sketches and complete paintings in oil on canvas, which he then transferred to the poster media. This approach gave a certain "oil painting" touch to his posters, easily distinguishing them from those of other artists. From the late 1950's he concentrated on working with oil, at the same time departing with the rigid schemes of Socialist Realism. His style at this point became very personal, and he developed his own expressionistic approach, using bright colours and powerful brush strokes. He expresses his almost childish happiness with what he sees. Tereschenko died in 2005.

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