Boris S. Ugarov (1922–1991) was a Soviet painter, graphic artist, educator, People's Artist of the USSR (1982), the President of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1983-1991). B. Ugarov was born on February 6, 1922, in Petrograd to a workers family. During the Great Patriotic War, he served as a volunteer gunner, participated in battles on the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts, in Karelia and the Far East. In 1945, B. Ugarov entered the Leningrad I. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1951, he graduated from the Institute in the workshop of I. Grabar with assignation of the Artist of Painting title. Having graduated from the Institute, in 1951-1954, he did his postgraduate studies under the guidance of A. Gerasimov. Since 1951, he participated in exhibitions. He painted genre and historical canvases, portraits, landscapes, still lives.
Among the most famous of the painter’s artworks are Leningrad Woman (1961, State Russian Museum), To the collective farm. 1929 (1954, Museum of the Academy of Arts), and Revival (1980, State Russian Museum). From 1952, B. Ugarov began teaching at the I. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. From 1977, he was the Rector of the Institute. B. Ugarov was the Head of the easel painting studio (since 1979) and an art workshop (since 1987). Boris Ugarov's artworks are available in the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, in museums and private collections in Russia, Finland, China, Japan, Great Britain, France, and other countries.
B. Ugarov was engaged in great social work. Since 1978, he was a full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. In 1983, he was elected the President of the Academy of Arts. He held this position until 1991. B. Ugarov was a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the GDR (1986), an Honorary Member of the Austrian Association of Visual Artists (1983), a member of the Bureau of the Soviet Roerich Foundation (1989-1991).
The postage block margins provide a portrait of B. Ugarov against the background of the studio with his artworks; the stamp features his painting October (1964, State Museum of Political History of Russia).
In addition to the issue of the postage block, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as an illustrated envelope for the postage block with a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for St. Petersburg inside and the second form of issue: an imperforated postage block on canvas-type designer paper.
Design Artist: O. Savina.
Face value: 100 rubles.
Block size: 118×83 mm, stamp size in the block: 50×37 mm.
Quantity: 25 thousand blocks (the first form of issue); 5.2 thousand blocks (the second form of issue).