Lvovich Butkin

Russia • 1926−1992

Biography and information

Printmaker, graphic artist, illustrator, poster artist.
Born on April 30, 1926 in Mogilev, Belorussian SSR. From the family of a cadre military man. In 1943 he was enrolled as a cadet in the school of aviation mechanics, upon completion of military vocational training he served as an aviation technician, then in the headquarters of the 14th Air Army - as a radio coder. As an artist he began to work in the military press, illustrating the works of army authors. Since 1961, Marat Butkin's works have been published in the magazine "Soviet Warrior", the almanac "Library of the magazine "Soviet Warrior", the magazine "Soviet Variety and Circus", in the publishing houses "Poster", "DOSAAF", "Svyaz". He worked in the field of socio-political poster, used the technique of photollage. In the late eighties - early nineties "Soviet Warrior" prints novels, partly perceived as allusively treating epic events of Russian history, echoing the expectations and realities of the processes of those days: Valentin Pikul - "I have honor", "Unclean Force", "Barbarossa"; Dmitry Balashov - "Kulikovo Field"; Panteleimon Romanov - "Rus" with illustrations by Marat Lvovich Butkin. Reading of the author's idea, interpretation and concentrated form of image presentation were brilliantly executed by the artist. Dynamics, intrigue, strong characters, bright color solutions - this is the illustration for the novel "I have honor"; rebellious spirit, grotesque, passing into caricature - this is the visualization of "unclean force"; monumentality, cinematographic, restrained color scheme - graphics for the novel-reflection "Barbarossa"; symbolic and strong artistic technique - the use of contrasting black and red printing in the illustrations for "Rus" P. Romanov and "Kulikov". Romanov and "Kulikov Field" by D. Balashov. In general, the master is characterized by: clarity, logicality of artistic thinking, the ability to convincingly show the image of a man of duty and honor, ease of expression and understanding of the life moment in its continuous movement, in the fullness of the picture. Author of posters: "Faster to master new equipment", "Military Oath", "Imperialism - the source of wars", "Communists are always ahead", "Material basis of military readiness", "Mighty source of our strength" (all -1972), "1945. Reached Berlin!" (1984), "1945" (1984); performed a set of portraits-posters "Faithful Sons of Fatherland" (1987) dedicated to Russian commanders: Mikhail Kutuzov, Pavel Nakhimov, Alexander Nevsky, Fyodor Ushakov, Bogdan Khmelnitsky. Circulation posters by M. L. Butkin are in the M. P. Starostin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, the Dmitrievsky Museum of Local Lore named after A. F. Vangenheim, the Kemerovo Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. Vangenheim, Kemerovo Regional Museum of Local Lore, Museum-Reserve Museum of the Heroic Defense and Liberation of Sevastopol, National Museum of the Republic of Adygea, National Museum of the Republic of Mari El named after T. Evseev, Smolensk State Museum of History of St. Petersburg (GMMOS), National Museum of the Republic of Adygea (NM RA), National Museum of the Republic of Mari El. T. Evseev, Smolensk State Museum-Reserve, Starocherkassk Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.