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What The Girl with an Oar reveals

What The Girl with an Oar reveals

Vera Voloshina (1919 – 1941). What The Girl with an Oar reveals

What The Girl with an Oar reveals
Perhaps, there isn’t more recognizable statue – incarnation of Soviet kitsch of socialist realism era, than the Girl with an Oar. And copies of this monument decorate many parks and cities of the former Soviet Union. However, the original statue was made by an outstanding Soviet sculptor Ivan Shadr. Besides, posed for the sculpture not just an ordinary young athletic girl. It was Vera Voloshina (1919 – 1941) – later the legendary Soviet intelligence officer, Hero of Russia, tortured and executed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Blond beauty, smart student, she was the most fun in the classroom. She dreamed of becoming a famous athlete, and won the competition in the high jump. Once spotted by sculptor Ivan Shadr, he persuaded her to pose for him. In 1935, the 12-meter sculpture of a nude Girl with an Oar appeared the Gorky central park of culture and rest. But then, the nude statue moved to Lugansk. In addition, a smaller copy was sent to the Tretyakov Gallery.
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Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument was installed in October 2014. The place for the monument was chosen the viewing platform on the mountain in the Lake Baikal area, next to the village, which locals call the “MPC”. The monument is made of bronze, its height is four meters. Next to the statue is a marble slab, on which is carved the lyrics of the song “On wild steppes of Transbaikalia”. The song was composed by the convicts in Siberia. At the beginning of the 20th century it was published and recorded. It has since become part of the repertoire of various Russian and foreign artists. The author of the sculpture “Baikal Wanderer” – Buryat sculptor Tsydenzhal Tsyzhipov. Baikal Wanderer is a collective image of the escaped convict, which the artist managed to convey the most truthful. Bronze tramp as if came out of the legendary song, which has the following lines:
He wears only a thin shirt,
And set of different patches.
The cap on his head is a convict’s cap
And he wears a grey convict’s uniform.
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Knitting grandmother monument

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

In August 2005, on the day of Belgorod, citizens and guests of the city had been made a gift in the form of new monuments. One of them – Knitting grandmother monument appeared in the city center in a park near the Drama Theatre. The sculpture is made of bronze and weighs about 300 kilograms. It was installed among the fountains and benches, ‘grandmother’ is knitting a stocking and thinking about something else. The new sculpture belongs to the category of so-called folk monuments. The authors of the sculpture – young artists from Kharkov Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko. They named their bronze creation “Memoirs.” After the monument had been officially opened, it became a place of pilgrimage. Almost everyone couldn’t help sitting on the bench next to Grandma, photographing, or just telling “her” personal problems. The bronze grandmother has become the hit of the city.
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