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    Portrait of Georgiy Malenkov, black-and-white tapestry in silk, made in People's Republic of China, early 1950s - 1955.

    Portrait of Georgiy Malenkov, black-and-white tapestry in silk, made in People's Republic of China, early 1950s - 1955.

    Measures 13" x 17". In excellent, near mint condition. The wrinkles will disappear when the portrait is properly framed.

    Malenkov was one of the only early Bolshevik leaders who not only survived the purges but prospered during the Stalin's reign. For much of WW2, he was responsible for mass production of combat aircraft and after the war, was instrumental in pushing forward the Soviet nuclear and missile programs. He was a willing ally of Stalin in breaking up an alleged conspiracy within the Leningrad Communist Party organization and represented the technocrat, pragmatic wing of the party in confronting the rigid ideologue faction. The heir apparent in the last years of Stalin's reign, Malenkov indeed ascended to the leadership of both the Soviet Government and the Party immediately after the dictator's death in March 1953. Within months however, Malenkov was edged out of the Party chairmanship by the wily Nikita Khrushchev and by 1955, was ousted from the top post in the government as well. Two years later, he was one of the key figures in the abortive coup attempt against Khrushchev and as a result, was sent into a virtual exile and eventually expelled from the Communist Party. He was allowed to return to Moscow only many years afterwards and lived out the remaining years of his life in complete obscurity.

    Since Malenkov was the Soviet premier for only a very brief period and then not only lost all his posts, but was publicly denounced and expelled from the Party, few of his portraits from the period have survived. A very interesting and uncommon piece!

    Please note: The pen in our photo is there for size reference.

    Item# 36492

    $250.00  

     
       
     
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