Although he painted obligatory paintings featuring Joseph Stalin, Bubnov's true interest seems to have been the semi-mythic Russian past. The Great Patriotic War (the Soviet label for World War 2) interrupted the Socialist Realism of the 1930s that featured idealized views of life under Communism. In its place, again encouraged by the State, Soviet artists often created paintings harking to historical triumphs of Russian arms. Bubnov's great example of this is shown below along with some of his other works.
Probably painted in the late 1930s, this is typical of much Soviet art from those times.
One of a series of paintings featuring Oleg, who I'm guessing was not a historical figure.
A successor to Ivan the Terrible who became the subject of a play by Pushkin and an opera by Mussorgsky.
This painting and the two previous ones feature strong, wide brushwork.
A character in a Gogol novel set in an earlier century.
Bubnov's greatest work, in my opinion. It deals with the Battle of Kulikovo 8 September 1380 where early Russians defeated the Tatars who ruled large parts of the country. Started during the war and completed two years after, this painting won the Stalin Prize for painting in 1948. Click on it to enlarge and get a better view of how Bubnov composed the figures and handled the atmospherics.
A postwar scene.
My photo of part of a painting showing farm workers. Click to enlarge and view Bubnov's brushwork.