Robert Diament - Collection of Corbeau and Renard assembled by Gerd Sander Part II London Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance


  • Catalogue Essay

    In the new genre of Soviet photo-journalism, ROPF (The Russian Society of Proletarian Photo-reporters) aimed to create heroes out of the simple individual, to whom the Soviet readers could relate to or aspire. In this framework, the peasant woman optimises the propagandist ideal of the woman as the provider for the Soviet Union, the heroic agricultural worker and the importance of the collective farm programme.
    Stalin speaking after a successful harvest in 1936 said “Formerly we did not have such women. I am 56 years old already, I have seen a lot in my time, I have seen plenty of toiling men and women. But such women I never met. These are completely new people. Only free labour, only collective farm labour could give rise to such heroines of labour in the village. There were no such women and there could be none in the old days”.
    Ogis-Osogis, USSR in Construction, March 1936.


Female Farmer

Gelatin silver print.
44.5 x 29.2 cm. (17 1/2 x 11 1/2 in).
Signed in pencil on the verso.

£500 - 700 

Sold for £625

Collection of Corbeau and Renard assembled by Gerd Sander Part II

17 May 2008, 3pm