The artist is Konchalovsky
The model of Konchalovsky was Andrei Borisovich Yumashev, the legendary As-test, a participant in the Moscow flight-the North Pole-the USA, in which he set a world record of non-stopped flight along with the ship’s commander Mikhail Mikhailovich Gromov and Sergey Alekseevich Danilinin. For this flight, the pilots were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union (1937). Yumashev from his youth was fond of art, attended the courses of the Society for encouraging artists, was later close and. AND. Mashkov, p. R. Falk and p. P. Konchalovsky. Back in the 1920s, he made sketches, wrote portraits.
The military life began for him at 16, when he volunteered for the Red Army, then there was a flight school, a Finnish campaign. In Moscow, during the Great Patriotic War, the commander of the fighter squadron visited Konchalovsky, who wrote his portrait. Moreover, he gave canvas, brushes, paints, and the pilot also wrote a portrait of Konchalovsky. Subsequently, Andrei Borisovich was deputy commander of the 1st and 3rd Air Armies of the Western Front. Fighted in the Battle of Kursk in 1943. Major General Aviation (1943).
At the end of the war, he went into the reserve; In 1946 he became a member of the Union of Artists. Like his friends, he was not only a high professional, but also a widely educated personality. Dignity, energy, strength, calm confidence are in his portrait. A strong figure is expressively taken, actively perceived on a light picturesque background. I energetic the manner of writing, the very texture. (A. D.).
Yumashev Andrey Borisovich (1902–1988)-test pilot, major general of aviation (1943).
Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. WITH. 273.