Museum exhibit /N.A. Miller. “The Story of a Search”. Drawing.
N.A. Miller. “The Story of a Search”. Drawing. 1955. Ukhta Region, Komi ASSR. Paper, pencil, charcoal. Nikolai Andreevich Miller (1922-1993) was an artist and a sculptor. He was sentenced to 25 years in the camps in 1948. He was imprisoned in the Komi Corrective Labour Camp, Komi ASSR (1948-1956). When he did not have to work he continued to paint. During his imprisonment he produced more than 1,500 works of art: landscapes, drawings and portraits, of which about 200 have been preserved. N.A. Miller gave some of his drawings to museums in Komi, including the Inta Local History Museum, at the end of the 1980s and at the beginning of the 1990s. (Photo: March 2011). 
 
 
 
 
Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-3576
 
Creator of collectionNikolai Andreevich Miller
 
Date of acquisition17.09.1990
 
Date and place of creation13.03.1955
 
Size38 х 26 cm
 
MaterialsPaper
 
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Description of exhibitA pencil and charcoal drawing. It shows a young man in a wide-open padded jacket. On the front of the drawing, in the bottom right-hand corner is an inscription: “13.3.1955” – the date when the picture was drawn. The picture is framed and under glass.
 
State of preservationUndamaged.
 
Detailed annotationN.A. Miller. “The Story of a Search”. Drawing. 1955. Ukhta Region, Komi ASSR. Paper, pencil, charcoal. Nikolai Andreevich Miller (1922-1993) was an artist and a sculptor. He fought in WWII and was taken prisoner. He then worked as an interpreter in a camp for Russian prisoners-of-war. He returned to the USSR in 1945 and entered the Riga Academy of Arts. He was arrested in 1948 and sentenced to 25 years in the camps. He served his term in a corrective labour camp in Komi ASSR from 1948 to 1956. When he did not have to work he continued to paint. He used to draw on wrapping-paper using chalk, sanguine (red chalk) and half-burned coal, and he drew portraits on canvas used for wrapping parcels, using a brush made from his own hair. During his imprisonment he created about 1,500 works: landscapes, drawings and portraits. Some 200 have survived. He was released in 1956. N.A. Miller gave some of his drawings to museums in Komi, including the Inta Local History Museum at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.
 
PersonsMiller Nikolai Andreevich (Abramovich), artist who drew the picture; creator of the collection
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /N.A. Miller. “The Story of a Search”. Drawing.