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Soviet sculptor Zinovy Vilensky

Portrait of Tchaikovsky. Marble. 1947. Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow. Soviet sculptor Zinovy Vilensky

Portrait of Tchaikovsky. Marble. 1947. Soviet sculptor Zinovy Vilensky. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Soviet sculptor Zinovy Vilensky (1899-1984) – People’s Artist of the USSR (1980), second-degree Winner of the Stalin Prize (1948), member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1954). Zinovy (Zalman) ​​Moiseevich Vilensky was born October 15, 1899 in the village of Koryukovka of Chernigov region. He studied at the Department of painting of Kiev Art School, graduated from the Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops in Moscow (1922-1928). Vilensky worked in the genre of monumental sculptures and sculptural portrait. His work is characterized by the transfer of the individual characteristics of the workshop model, careful modeling, the use of the expressive possibilities of the natural texture of the material.

Soviet sculptor Zinovy Vilensky (1899-1984). Friedrich Engels. 1971. Bronze

Zinovy Moiseevich Vilensky (1899-1984). Friedrich Engels. 1971. Bronze

For Vilensky is characteristic thoughtful attitude to the individual characteristics of the model, the thoroughness of execution. The works of Vilensky – portraits of KN Igumnova (plaster, 1939), Lavochkin (marble, 1947), Tchaikovsky (marble, 1947; State Prize of the USSR, 1948) – all in the Tretyakov Gallery, monumental busts of twice Hero of the Soviet Union SE Artemenko in Ratsulovo of Odessa region and I. H. Mikhailichrnko in the village of Almazny of Voroshilovgrad region (both – bronze, 1948-49), a portrait of Chaplygin (gypsum, 1950 Research and Memorial Museum of N. Zhukovsky, Moscow), a monument to Lenin in Sochi (bronze, 1957), a portrait of Bertrand Russell (bronze, 1966 property of the author).

Soviet sculptor Zinovy Vilensky

Source: Exhibition of works of Zinovy Moiseevich Vilensky. Catalog (complied by T.G. Rottert). Moscow, Iskusstvo, 1966. Illustrated album