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
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