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Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova

Sitting ballerina. Bronze. 1971. Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova

Sitting ballerina. Bronze. 1971. Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova

The creative manner of the Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova (1923-1986) is characterized by an excellent ownership of the form, understanding of the expressive possibilities of the material, sense of composition. The ability to successfully and rhythmically organize a composition space appeared in a series of works devoted to the ballet: “Sitting ballerina”, “Russian Ballet School”, “The Ballerinas”, “Holiday”, “Debutante,” “Ballet” and others. Since 1960, Filippova began working with great enthusiasm in the most interesting area of ​​plastics – medal art in which she showed great ingenuity and subtlety of composition. The first medal, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the death of Bagration, was followed by other works. Her medal gallery consists of bronze images of Beethoven, Rafael, Schiller, Stepan Razin, Dargomyzhsky, Magellan and others. Filippova was a constant participant of art exhibitions. Many of her works were awarded diplomas and certificates, and the sculptor herself – the title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR.

Monument dedicated to the liberation of Novgorod from the Nazis in January 1944 installed in 1974

Monument dedicated to the liberation of Novgorod from the Nazis in January 1944 installed in 1974

In 1943, Angelina Filippova entered the Moscow State Art Institute of Surikov, from which she graduated in 1949. Her first mentor in the work was a great sculptor, SD Mercurov. Her teachers in the institute were known masters – R. Yotke, D. Schwartz, A. Matveev, NV Tomsky.

Youth. Bronze, 1971, Ulyanovsk

Youth. Bronze, 1971, Ulyanovsk

When creating monumental works Filippova seeks to plastic and semantic completeness. She created the portrait monuments, among which are the bust of Admiral Ushakov and Dmitry Donskoy for alley of generals in Akhangelskoe in Moscow, themed reliefs to the Victory monument in Kalinin, which she created in collaboration with her husband, Soviet sculptor Iulian Rukavishnikov. For the memorial complex in Ulyanovsk she created two-figure composition “Youth” (1970), which combines elements of solemnity and decoration, naturalness and simplicity. In 1983, a grand monument “Soldiers-liberators” was opened in Rostov-on-Don, on the creation of which she worked with I. Rukavishnikov and architect N. Milovidov.

Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova

Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova (1923-1986)

Soviet sculptor Angelina Filippova

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