The monument of the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman is a 24.5 meter (78 feet) high sculpture made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is a typical example of the socialist realistic style, as well as Art Deco style. The worker holds aloft a hammer and the kolkhoz woman a sickle to form the hammer and sickle symbol.The sculpture was originally created to crown the Soviet pavilion (architect: Boris Iofan) of the World's Fair. The organizers had sited the Soviet and German pavilions facing each other across the main pedestrian boulevard at the Trocadero on the north bank of the Seine. Albert Speer, charged with redesigning the German pavilion, happened upon a confidential sketch of the Soviet plan while on an inspection tour of the site of the fair. He was struck by a sculpted pair of figures... Striding triumphantly towards the German Pavilion and designed an architectural riposte to the massive sculptural group.
Mukhina was inspired by her study of the classical Harmodius and Aristogeiton, the Victory of Samothrace and La Marseillaise, Francois Rude's sculptural group for the Arc de Triomphe, to bring a monumental composition of socialist realist confidence to the heart of Paris. The symbolism of the two figures striding from East to West, as determined by the layout of the pavilion, was also not lost by spectators. Although as Mukhina said, her sculpture was intended "to continue the idea inherent in the building, and this sculpture was to be an inseparable part of the whole structure", after the fair Worker and Kolkhoz Woman was relocated to Moscow where it was placed just outside the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy.
In 1941, the sculpture earned for Mukhina one of the initial batch of Stalin Prizes. The sculpture was removed for restoration in the autumn of 2003 in preparations for Expo 2010. The sculpture was planned to return in 2005, but because the World's Fair was not awarded to Moscow but to Shanghai, the restoration process was hampered by financial problems.
The sculpture is still under restoration. Statue has stamp: Mitischeski plant of art casting name E.
Excellent condition, without any damage or cracks. Very nice and rare item. Made from brass on marble base.
Base : 2 4/5 x 4 4/5 x 1 (7 x12 x 2,5cm). Height of statue = 8 (20 cm). We mark merchandise values below value (30 usd) and mark items as gift. FEEDBACKS: I will try to give you the best service I possibly can.If you are not happy about any aspect of our business conduct, please do not. Please leave feedback for me after your parcel arrives. This lets me know that you have received your item(s). The item "Old BRONZE STATUE WORKER KOLKHOZNITSA w. Sickle and Hammer CCCP Russian CAST" is in sale since Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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