Myl’nikov, Andrei Andreevich
Born Feb. 22, 1919, in Pokrovsk, present-day Engel’s, Saratov Oblast. Soviet painter, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1968), member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1966).
From 1938 to 1946, Myl’nikov studied at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in Leningrad under I. E. Grabar’ and V. M. Oreshnikov. In 1947 he began teaching at the institute and in 1967 he became a professor there. Myl’nikov’s works (genre paintings, landscapes, portraits, mosaic panels, and monumental and decorative murals) are distinguished by emotional elevation of style, clarity of composition, and festive brilliance of color.
Myl’nikov’s major works are On Peaceful Fields (1949, Russian Museum, Leningrad; State Prize of the USSR, 1951), Awakening (1957, Russian Museum, Leningrad), Morning (1972, the Board of Directors of Artistic Depositories and Planning of Monuments of the Ministry of Culture of the RSFSR), and Lenin (1961)—a rigid curtain for the Kremlin Palace of Congresses. Other important works by Myl’nikov are mosaics for the Lenigrad Young People’s Theater (1962). Myl’nikov has been awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor and several medals.