(8,5.1899, Kursk - 12.6.1969, Moscow), graphic artist, painter, folk artist of the USSR (1963), member of USSR Academy of Arts (1947), Hero of Socialist Labor (1969). Educated at the Kharkov Art College and VHUTEMAS (Moscow, 1925). In the 1920's. included in the group "October". One of the most prominent representatives of socialist realism. The main theme of his works - a patriotic heroism, the glorification of communist labor, the idealized image of Soviet man. The most famous paintings - "The Defense of Petrograd (1928)," Future Pilots "(1938)," Defense of Sevastopol "(1942). Style D. was typical for all of the then totalitarian states. His work was highly appreciated by the leaders of the fascist countries, and B. Mussolini thought his general one of the best artists of the world. Nevertheless, D. And in the reign. V. Stalin has been under attack for lack of revolutionary spirit paintings and "formalism", but had not been subjected to harassment. After Stalin's death continued to be popular among Kremlin leadership artist. In 1960 joined the Communist Party in 1964 received the Lenin Prize. In 1962-66, Vice-President of the Academy of Arts of the USSR.