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Daily LIFT #1106

Ceremony at the monument to Nadezhda Krupskaya, Moscow, USSR 1976 -- Daily LIFT #1106

The monument was sculpted by the great Soviet artist E.F. Belashova (1906-1971). From the Third Edition of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia:

Born Nov. 19 (Dec. 2), 1906, in St. Petersburg. Soviet sculptor. People’s Artist of the USSR (1963). Corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1964). Member of the CPSU since 1945.

Belashova studied at the Leningrad State Higher Arts and Technical Institute (1926–32) under R. R. Bakh, V. V. Lishev, V. L. Simonov, and A. T. Matveev. From 1942 to 1952 she taught at the Moscow Institute of Applied and Decorative Art, and from 1952 to 1965 she was a professor at the Moscow College of Art and Industry. From 1957 to 1968, Belashova was the secretary, and since 1968, she has been the chairwoman of the administrative board of the Artists’ Union of the USSR. She has worked primarily in pedestal sculpture.

Belashova’s works include a portrait of S. A. Dobroliubov (plaster of paris, 1942; bronze, 1965; Directorate of Exhibitions of the Artists’ Union of the USSR), The Unvanquished Woman (plaster of paris, 1943; bronze, 1957; Tret’iakov Gallery), Portrait of An Old Man (plaster of paris, 1944; bronze, 1960; Tret’iakov Gallery), Reclining Little Girl (plaster of paris, 1947; bronze, 1958; Kiev Museum of Russian Art), The Dream (marble, 1957–58; Tret’iakov Gallery), a monument to A. S. Pushkin in the Pushkin Hills of Pskov Oblast (bronze; unveiled in 1959), a portrait of N. K. Krupskaia (bronze, 1959; Kuibyshev Art Museum), A. S. Pushkin in 1837 (1964, bronze; Ministry of Culture of the USSR), My Dear Girl (1964, bronze; Ministry of Culture of the USSR), The Awakening (marble, 1967; Perm Art Gallery), Chopin (bronze, 1968; Chopin Museum, Warsaw; marble, 1969), and a project for a monument to N. K. Krupskaia in Moscow (plaster of paris, 1970; Ministry of Culture of the USSR).

Belashova won the State Prize in 1967. She has been awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and medals.


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