Of all the arts, I’m most impressed with sculpture and architecture. Maybe this was influenced by my father. He’s an architect. Many architectural and sculptural masterpieces I know from the illustrative albums that we have at home. Of course, I want to see the golden-domed St. Sophia Cathedral, in Kiev, the Klodt and Admiralty horses in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Kremlin and the Pushkin monument, the Egyptian pyramids and the symbol of Paris – the Eiffel Tower – and much, much more. But this is in the future. From my native Kharkov, I have not yet left far, but in our city there is a sculptural masterpiece of world level. This is the famous monument of T. Shevchenko, the great Ukrainian poet, our beloved Kobzar. The sculptor managed to realize in this monument the true essence of the great singer of Ukraine: his love for his native people.
This love is felt in the very figure of the Kobzar, in his gaze, and in the environment in which he is. For sculptural figures, the creator of the monument was posed by artists of the famous theater “Berezil”, led by Les Kurbas, the most talented Ukrainian director. Katerina with the baby in her arms is the actress of the theater Chistyakova, who later became the People’s Artist of Ukraine. I see it as a sad Ukrainian Madonna with a child. The fate of the theater and of Kurbas itself is sad: during the Stalinist repressions the theater was closed, in fact overclocked, and his leader was arrested and shot. But the actors embodied in bronze remained.
This masterpiece of architecture was not even touched by Hitler’s invaders. Have you been in Shevchenko’s garden for a long time? Go, take a closer look at the poet’s face, in the sculptures of people around him. You will certainly understand: great works of art exist not only in the world tourist centers.