Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

Russian animalist sculptor Alexey Sotnikov

Russian animalist sculptor Alexey Sotnikov. Book cover

Book cover. Russian animalist sculptor Alexey Sotnikov (October 3, 1904 – February 18, 1989)

Russian animalist sculptor Alexey Sotnikov
Sotnikov belongs to those masters of the 20th century who in a peculiar way managed to develop the principles of great realistic and humanistic art. Sotnikov’s activity began in the 1930s of the last century, during the period of outstanding achievements of Soviet sculpture in its various forms and genres. Art of A.G. Sotnikov is whole and holistic. It can be considered in any way: as a porcelain artist who knows the material perfectly, and as an original plastic with high professionalism. Also, an interesting and unexpected constructor. He is a national artist, and at the same time, of course, an artist of high European class. And yet, the main thing in the sculptor’s work is the deepest love of nature and the greatest naturalness and immediacy of approach to the depicted phenomena.
According to the sculptor, he translates talk and thoughts of animals into his own language. In animalistics, as in all art, there is a division into easel, decorative, and monumental forms. Sotnikov works in all three genres, and even wider. In particular, he uses more approaches to nature.
Throughout his life, he carried that compassion to the small birds and to the proud bird, and to a strong beast, and to the man who is so characteristic of a folk artist.

A.G. Sotnikov at the Duleve porcelain factory. May 1972

A.G. Sotnikov at the Duleve porcelain factory. May 1972

At the first post-war International Exhibition in Brussels in 1958, Sotnikov showed several of his works – “Falcon”, “Chicken”, Russian dance, fountain “Fish”, fountain “Little Bear” and a fountain with a frog. Fountains acted to attract the attention of visitors to the exhibition. In 1978, the first solo exhibition of the artist took place on “Kuznetsk Bridge” in Moscow. She presented for review the result of more than forty years of work. The exhibition made a great impression on contemporaries. There were reviews, articles and wide discussion. By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council, the sculptor was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia. Eightieth anniversary of A.G. Sotnikov was marked by the award of the silver medal of the Academy of Arts of the USSR.

Varan. 1978

Varan. 1978

Falcon. 1957. Porcelain, underglaze painting. State Tretyakov Gallery

Falcon. 1957. Porcelain, underglaze painting. State Tretyakov Gallery

A bird. The project of the monument in commemoration of the Law of the USSR on nature protection. 1980

A bird. The project of the monument in commemoration of the Law of the USSR on nature protection. 1980

Bathing. 1965

Bathing. 1965

Circus Lion. 1976

Circus Lion. 1976

Cormorant. 1980

Cormorant. 1980

Drinking hen, 1959

Drinking hen, 1959

Family (Rooks). 1954

Family (Rooks). 1954

Goose with apples. 1956

Goose with apples. 1956

Lark. 1981

Lark. 1981

Motherhood. 1972

Motherhood. 1972

Powder box Seagull. 1964

Powder box Seagull. 1964

Sable. 1966

Sable. 1966

A bird. Project of monument. 1940

A bird. Project of monument. 1940

A bull. 1935

A bull. 1935

A pig ander an oak tree. 1936

A pig ander an oak tree. 1936

A wolf. 1935

A wolf. 1935

Bear cub sculpture for fointain in the childrengarten. 1940

Bear cub sculpture for fointain in the childrengarten. 1940

Bulls. 1936

Bulls. 1936

Cow. Deail of wall composition. 1939

Cow. Deail of wall composition. 1939

Doves, ragment of a large wall panno. 1937

Doves, ragment of a large wall panno. 1937

Flock of sables. 1934-1935

Flock of sables. 1934-1935

Hen. 1938

Hen. 1938

Lamb. 1937

Lamb. 1937

Ram. 1956

Ram. 1956

Scythian set

Scythian set

Wolf hunting. 1949

Wolf hunting. 1949

A box with sheep 1946, a box with a sleeping squirrel. 1956

A box with sheep 1946, a box with a sleeping squirrel. 1956

A dove on he branch. 1954-1957

A dove on he branch. 1954-1957

Basket with chickens. 1953

Basket with chickens. 1953

Birth. 1949

Birth. 1949

Box 'chicken on a doghouse'. 1953. Starlings. The first flight. 1948

Box ‘chicken on a doghouse’. 1953. Starlings. The first flight. 1948

Panic. 1947

Panic. 1947

Project of fountain with a dog. Detail. 1977

Project of fountain with a dog. Detail. 1977