Portrait of sculptor V. I. Mukhina by Mikhail Nesterov

Portrait of sculptor V. I. Mukhina by Mikhail Nesterov

The picture shows Vera Mukhina, a Soviet sculptor, author of many famous works, including the famous group Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, presented at the world exhibition in Paris in 1937. Vera Ignatievna makes the latest additions to the prototype of the future sculpture.

In one hand she holds a small piece of clay, and the other increases the volume of one of the heroes. Here the act of creativity is captured directly, the moment when a true work of art is born out of a shapeless piece of clay. The compositional center of the work is a bright red brooch holding the collar of a white blouse.

The concentration

of Fly Nesterov contrasts with the rapid dynamism, desperate impulse, which she conveys in her creation. Due to this emotional contrast, “Portrait of the sculptor V. I. Mukhina” gets a special expressiveness, an active inner life, thus revealing the complex nature of Vera Ignatyevna herself.

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