Born Moscow, 1901; died Moscow, 1981
From 1911 to 1917, Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii studied at the Stroganov School for Technical Drawing in Moscow. Following the Revolution, he studied for two years at the newly formed State Free Art Studios (GSKhM) with theater designer Georgii Iakulov. He cofounded one of the first Constructivist groups, the Society of Young Artists (OBMOKhU), and participated in its exhibitions in Moscow from 1919 to 1922. During the Civil War period, he cut stencils for the ROSTA studio in Moscow. In the 1920s, his drawings appeared frequently in satirical magazines. He worked as an illustrator for several publishing houses, including Gosizdat and the All-Russian Cooperative-Partnership of Artists (Vsekokhudozhnik). He was one of the founders of the TASS editorial office in Moscow and served as its director from 1941 to 1946, during which time he designed approximately forty posters for the studio. In 1962 he was awarded the title People’s Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii and Mikhail Maksimovich Vershinin. Straining in Vain, November 23, 1944. Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.