‘The Workers’ by Vera Mukhina, 1937
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Rabochy i Kolhoznitza (The Worker and the Collective Farm Girl) by Vera Mukhina (Russian, 1889-1953) an important bronze sculpture after the original monument created in 1937 for the Soviet Pavilion of the Paris World’s Fair.
The original, today located in Moscow, was made of laminated stainless steel and measured 24 metres (79 feet) in height. The bronze offered here is one of a small number created in 1937 for presentation to high-ranking Soviet VIP visitors to the exhibition, where the Soviet Pavilion famously stood opposite that of Nazi Germany, designed by Albert Speer, which was topped by a vast bronze eagle. Both Speer and the Soviet architect Boris Iofan were awarded gold medals for their designs. ‘Rabochy i Kolhoznitza’ is accepted as the most significant Russian sculpture of the 20th century, and its sculptor Vera Mukhina, the most accomplished sculptor. Russian, 1937.
Height: 9½ inches (24 cms).
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