The daughter of a nobleman
Her father was not of noble blood. Knighthood Vasily Isayevich received for services to the country. Research chief physician of the naval hospital for the spread of infections, helped save thousands of lives.
In 1911, his father died. Together with her mother and sister, 13-year-old Vera moved to St. Petersburg. She already knew exactly what devote life. And in 1916, entered the Drawing school society for the encouragement of arts, headed by Nicholas Roerich. Long did not have to study. Mother died, sister Lida was called to the front as a doctor, and Vera went with her to war as a nurse.
But back in 1920, in Petrograd, she stubbornly entered the State art-industrial workshops (now St. Petersburg state art-industrial Academy named A. L. Stieglitz). Sisters are in dire need of money. Along with learning the Faith has issued children’s books, wrote poetry, drew calendars, taught sculpting, painting and drawing in School literacy on the Petrograd sides, taught homeless children in a Central quarantine and the distribution point is on the Nevskiy prospect.
In St. Petersburg marked the beginning of a new exhibition about the siege of Leningrad
the Way of Faith does not jibe with stereotypes about pampered young ladies of the noblewomen. Short trimmed hair, wore men’s clothes, was cutting in expressions.
Such sudden and impetuous was her work.
In the collections of the Russian Museum and the state Museum of urban sculpture of St. Petersburg has been preserved made in the 1920-ies of the figures of the homeless, frivolous Nepmen.
In 1935, the famous sculptor Nikolai Tomsky was calling her to participate in the creation of the monument to Lenin. A successful experience. Right after this, the composition of the team of sculptors working on the monument to Kirov in Leningrad – in fact perekvalifitsiruetsya in muralist.
But plans again intervened war and now the Great Patriotic war.
Partisans in Nevskiy
Whenhave monolos the blockade on Leningrad streets appeared the unexpected figure. The soldiers, rushing into battle, machinist, defeated the Nazis – the experts call the gypsum composition of street agitation and monumental reliefs. They created a team of sculptors under the leadership of Nikolai Tomsky. Vera Isaeva among the first entered in this Association.
Relief was supposed to symbolize the willingness of the city to the resistance and to raise the spirit of Leningrad. In the spring of 1942 a group of artists, among them was Vera Isaeva, secrecy took on a guerrilla base near Leningrad. Short – just a few hours trip Faith had brought a folder of drawings and a few sketches in clay and plasticine. A year later, on Nevsky Avenue appeared a two-meter plaster figures – partisan and partisan.
By the end of 1941 on, the supply of the card has passed all the cities of the USSR
the Monuments have not survived, they destroyed an enemy shell.
did Not live to see Victory and many of those who surrounded the Faith in the besieged city. She had her family, the apartment on the street podkovyrova she shared with friends, family Steblin-Kamensky. Especially was friends with Mary when they worked together at a distribution point for homeless. Daughter-in-law Maria in the first days of the war went to the front, leaving her the care of a one year old daughter Natasha. The entire blockade of Vera and Maria together nursed child. But on 20 April 1943, Maria died.
Gathering all the strength and Faith has saved an orphaned girl.
– I think my mother survived because of Faith, says daughter Natalia Steblin-Kamensky Marina.
the image of the Mother on Piskarevka – of these lived by Faith besieged days and nights.
In 1948, was declared all-Union competition for the monument to Piskarevsky. The best project was recognized as the Isayeva and Taurito “Motherland” Strict female figure mourning garland in his hands.
work on the monument lasted for nine years. The Mother-homeland was not a specific model. Isayev once again pulled out his sketches from the trip, the partisans, raised work, made in the besieged city, studied the faces and figures of friends. The search was conducted and her co-author Robert Taurit.
the Sculptor in the war. The source Rokossovsky
thus was born a magnificent piece that will strike into the heart of millions of people on the planet Earth.
the Model adopted. But four months before casting the monument in bronze, the artists decided to completely remake the face of the sculpture. The Mother-homeland did not remain individual traits. She became the common mother of all children, parents, loved ones, laid to rest in the endless mournful alleys of Piskarevka.
work on the monument was completed in 1957, but the memorial was created. And Faith Isayev focused on the next project – the monument to Maxim Gorky. He worked tirelessly. Ill. And knew is fading. She did graduate from a four-foot model of the monument, which will cast the monument. He now adorns Kronversky Prospekt near the metro station “Gorkovskaya”.
And Faith Isayev died on April 19, 1960, of lung cancer.
Two weeks later at the Piskarevskoye cemetery was opened the monument “Motherland”.
the QUESTION of “HOMELAND”Why forget the Faith?
Vera Isayeva had no pupils and heirs. She never aspired to honors and awards. Her life passed under the motto formulated by the father: “Life is rushing forward rapidly – hurry to work!”
She hurried as best they could.
Perhaps that is why her name today few will say that even the majority of the citizens. And the tomb of the Seraphim memorial cemeteryhas only in the last year have put in order.
the Editors thank the specialists of the Museum of history of Kronstadt, V. V. Rytikov (State Museum of urban sculpture), M. Stekolnikova, L. A. Slavova (State Russian Museum), E. V. Krasnov (Memorial Museum of A. S. Popov Etu “LETI”) for help in preparing the material.