Lot 118

BABIN, N. The Lights of Soviet Drifting Stations in the Icy Wilderness Do Not Surprise Us Anymore…, [1970]

Sovetskikh dreifuyushchikh stantsiy ogni… [The Lights of Soviet Drifting Stations in the Icy Wilderness Do Not Surprise Us Anymore…], an artwork for a poster by Nikolai Babin (b. 1931, Meritorious Art Worker of the Russian Federation). Agitplakat, [1970], 80 x 129 cm.

This large poster celebrates the Soviet exploration efforts in the Arctic and hails the story of the first Soviet North Pole expedition. In 1937, a group of Soviet planes landed on the North Pole and established a meteorological station on drifting ice. Four brave scientists lead by Ivan Papanin manned it until 1940, before being successfully lifted off in another daring air raid. It is our feeling that the poster was produced in 1970 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Papanintsy rescue, but somewhat earlier dates are also possible — note that the list of polar stations in the background ends with North Pole 16, a station set up in 1968.

Opening Price: $800

Estimate: $800-$1200

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