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Cambridge spies Painting

Pavel Pashkin


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 63 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 D in

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After being held in Moscow for a short period, Burgess and Maclean were sent to Kuybyshev, an industrial city which Burgess described as "permanently like Glasgow on a Saturday night". He and Maclean were granted Soviet citizenship in October 1951, and took fresh identities: Burgess became "Jim Andreyevitch". Unlike Maclean, who learned the language and quickly took up useful work, Burgess spent much of his time reading, drinking, and complaining to the authorities about his treatment – he had not intended his stay to be permanent. He expected to be permitted to return to England, where he thought he could brazen out his MI5 interrogation. He also found the Soviets intolerant of homosexuality, although eventually he was allowed to retain a Russian lover, Tolya Chisekov. By early 1956 Burgess had moved back to Moscow, to a flat on Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street, and was working part-time at the Foreign Literature Publishing House, promoting the translation of classic British novels. Maclean, unlike Burgess, assimilated into the Soviet Union and became a respected citizen, learning Russian, earning a doctorate and serving as a specialist on the economic policy of the West and British foreign affairs. Burgess learned only enough Russian to just manage to get by in Moscow while Maclean worked very hard at becoming fluent in Russian. After a brief period of teaching English in Kuybyshev (now Samara) at a Russian provincial school, Maclean joined the staff of International Affairs in early 1956 as a specialist on British home and foreign policy and relations between the Soviet Union and NATO. He shared a small room with his new Soviet colleagues on the second floor of the journal's premises on Gorokhovsky Pereulok. He also worked for the Soviet Foreign Ministry and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. In 1956, the Soviet government first revealed that Maclean and Burgess were living in Moscow, though the TASS statement denied that they were spies, claiming that they had gone behind the Iron Curtain to "further understanding between East and West" for the sake of world peace.

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Multi-paneled Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:63 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 D in

Number of Panels:2

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Pavel Pashkin (b. 1967). He studied at the art school, graduated from the Samara art College (1986), teachers E. Berezin, P. Yatsenic and N. Yacenic. Worked since the early 1990s in advertising graphic design. He tried to be engaged in a portrait, applied art. He led the Studio "Pashkin design", specializing in the creation of logos, posters, labels, packaging. Activities in the field of advertising aroused interest in contemporary art, and since 2010 has tried his hand at such styles as pop art, abstractionism and realism. Since 2014. focuses on portraits, often large-format, in a dashed style. "In my works I rely on the expressiveness of pop art, on the laconic stencil of street art, on the extensive experience of traditional methods of painting with elements of postmodernism, on the school of realism from the Renaissance to achieve modern sound."

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