(9.3.1932, Moscow, 12.11.1974, ibid.).
Soviet artist. He studied at the Moscow Art Institute. V.I. Surikova (1952-1958).
One of the leaders of the artists of "severe style."
Popkov’s main works are devoted to contemporary themes (The Builders of Bratsk, 1960-1961, The Northern Song, The Bolotov Family, both 1968, all - Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, The Brigade Resting, 1965, Union of Artists of the USSR, Moscow, “ Overcoat of the Father ", 1972, for everything - State Prize of the USSR, 1975;" Two ", 1966, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow," The Good Man was Anisya's Grandmother ", 1973); "A. S. Pushkin "(1974).
Popkov’s painting is distinguished by dramatic, social generalization and psychologism of images and situations, the desire for philosophical reflection on life, the rigor of compositions and rich color.
He studied at the Art and Graphic Pedagogical College (1948–1952) and at the Moscow Art Institute
them. IN AND. Surikov (1952–1958). His teacher was graphic artist E.A. Kibrik, who in his student years was influenced by the artist and teacher P.N. Filonova. The popular art of popular print, the traditions of ancient Russian icon painting and the painting of K. Petrov-Vodkin helped the artist go beyond the boundaries of graphic art acquired under the influence of a teacher. Popkov debuted in a new
stylistic direction in Soviet art - the so-called "severe style", focusing on the leader of the direction A.A. Deyneku. The fame was brought to the artist by the canvas “Builders of the Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station”. The most famous paintings of the artist: “Builders of the Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station”, “Two”, “The Brigade is Resting”, “The Bolotov Family”, “Father’s Overcoat”,
set for the first time after the death of the artist, the painting "Autumn Rains
(Pushkin). ” He was a member of the USSR Union of Artists. For the cycle of paintings "Reflections on Life" V.E. Popkov was awarded the USSR State Prize (posthumously). Most of his creative heritage, consisting of dozens of paintings, hundreds of sketches, watercolors, drawings, is in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Russian Museum, State Museum-Reserve "Abramtsevo", in museums of Russia and foreign collections. V.E. Popkov lived and worked in Moscow.