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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art

Robert W. Cherny


Victor Arnautoff, an artist, was born in 1896 in the Russian empire. After serving as a cavalry officer in WWI and then in the White Siberian army during the Russian Civil War, he became part of the Russian diaspora, working for a Chinese warlord, studying art in San Francisco, and working with Diego Rivera in Mexico. Returning to San Francisco, his art was acclaimed during the 1930s, especially his public murals, most financed by New-Deal art programs. He joined Stanford University’s art faculty. He and his wife became citizens and secretly joined the Communist party (CP). They threw the ... More

Keywords: academic freedom, Victor Arnautoff, California Labor School, Communist party (US), HUAC, New Deal art, Diego Rivera, Russian diaspora, San Francisco, social realism, Stanford University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040788
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Cherny, author
San Francisco State University