Vera Mukhina

Vera Mukhina
Born: 1889, Riga
Died: 1953, Moscow
Socialist Realism
Selected works:
Liberated Labour

Sculptress, applied artist, theatrical designer. Born in the family of a rich merchant called Ignaty Mukhin at 23/25 Turgeņeva iela in Riga (1889). Studied at the Konstantin Juon School of Art in Moscow (1909–11), Ilya Mashkov’s studio (1911), under Émile-Antoine Bourdelle and at the Académie de Filippo Colarossi, Académie de la Palette, Académie de la Grande-Chaumiere and the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1912–14). Member of Monolith (1919–22), Four Arts (1925) and the Society of Russian Sculptors (from 1926). Sculpted Worker and Collective Farmwoman for the Soviet Pavilion at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris (1937). Won the Stalin Prize (1941, 1943, 1946, 1951, 1952). People’s Artist of the USSR (1943), full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Died in Moscow and buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery (1953). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1920).

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