Ballerina, Poet, and Revolutionary

Ballerina, Poet, and Revolutionary


Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Pushkin and Vladimir Lenin got their memorial statues absolutely deservedly as each made a revolution in his or her own time and field of expertise. What kind of revolutionary are you if you do not have your monument cast in bronze or carved in marble and granite?

It took 43 years (from 1837 to 1880) to erect Pushkin’s memorial monument on Tverskaya Street in Moscow, and 16 years (from 1924 to 1940) the monument to Lenin on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street. But the brilliant ballerina Plisetskaya saw her future statue while she was still alive. The tiny statuette styled as Carmen was presented to her by sculptor Viktor Mitroshin from the Urals region. After Plisetskaya passed away, the gift became the archetype for a large and beautiful monument on Bolshaya Dmitrovka next to the house where she lived. By the way, sculptor Sergei Merkurov also placed Lenin in an important place in front of the Central Archive of the Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute which currently houses the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History. The political leader created so much social and political history that there will be consequences even in centuries. Well, Pushkin’s statue made by Mikhail Opekushin was erected in the busiest place in Moscow.

“Streetlamps go flashing by, and stalls,

boys, countrywomen, stately halls,

parks, monasteries, towers, and ledges,

Bokharans, orchards, merchants, shacks,

boulevards, chemists, and Cossacks,

peasants, and fashion-shops, and sledges,

lions adorning gateway posts

and, on the crosses, jackdaw hosts.”

This is how Pushkin's Tatiana Larina saw Tverskaya street. The poet sees it almost the same way except for the sleighs, shacks, and vegetable gardens.

A lot of people come there to honor Alexander Pushkin’s memory.

These three geniuses got lucky not only in terms of their statues’ locations. Their bronze and granite sculptures are almost a perfect match both with the artistic image and spatial environment. Alas, photos do not convey this match but I kindly ask you to take my word for it. Everything fits together perfectly well.

The monuments caught my eye yesterday during my walk from Tverskoi Boulevard to Okhotny Ryad on the last day of Indian summer. The sun's rays also fit perfectly as they gave the ballerina, poet and thinker lively, pure and quite recognizable features. Nature sometimes plays along with real art.

Ballerina, Poet, and Revolutionary

Ballerina, Poet, and Revolutionary

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