Avilov M. I.
Painting “V.I. Lenin in Smolny (in makeup)”. October 1917″.
USSR, Petrograd, 1923.
M. I. Avilov depicted Lenin in makeup, with a bandaged cheek, large glasses and a cap. L. D. Trotsky is next to him; F. I. Dan and M. I. Skobelev are passing by, looking at suspicious visitors. The painting with a bit of humor had a difficult fate. Since the second half of the 1930s, as party leaders disappeared from the political arena, their portraits were also removed from Museum exhibitions. In the early 1950s, the painting of M. I. Avilov had to be destroyed because of the image of Trotsky.