Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik, 1957. Publisher's wrappers. Item #527
Book measures: 20.5 x 16.5 cm. 26 pages. Text in Russian. Signed by the author on the title page. One of 1100 copies. Very good copy with light toning and soiling to the wrappers.
A co-report penned and endorsed by Nikolai Tomsky, a venerated Soviet sculptor, epitomizes a collaborative document of significant historical and cultural value.
Nikolai Vasilyevich Tomsky, (1900-1984) was a celebrated Soviet sculptor and a prominent figure in designing ceremonial monuments during the Socialist Realism period. Born to a blacksmith in Novgorod province and educated in Leningrad, he graduated from the Arts and Crafts College in 1927. His fame began with the acclaimed Sergey Kirov memorial, earning him the 1941 Stalin Prize. His career was marked by significant commissions, including Lenin's sarcophagus, Stalin's bust, and numerous Lenin statues, one notably in East Berlin's Leninplatz. Tomsky held prestigious positions, becoming the president of the USSR Academy of Arts and receiving numerous awards such as the Hero of Socialist Labor, five Stalin Prizes, the Lenin Prize, and the USSR State Prize, along with various orders. He was an influential educator at MGAHIS, serving as Professor and Rector.