May 28, 2017
Aleksandr Deyneka: Soviet Beefcake Artist
His paintings and mosaics graced train stations, metro stations, and public buildings all over the Soviet Union.
In 1939, he was commissioned to make 34 life-sized murals for the ceiling of Mayakovskaya Metro Station in central Moscow., Like "Good Morning" here.
Apparently no one noticed the intense interest in masculine beauty, or didn't associate it with homoeroticism.
In 1964 he received the Lenin Prize for his murals "Ice Hockey.
He died on June 12, 1969, two weeks before the Stonewall Riots.
We don't know if he was gay or not, but he certainly had an affinity for the male form.