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    "V(ladimir) I(lyich) Lenin in Gorki", statuette in Silumin alloy, dated 1970.

    "V(ladimir) I(lyich) Lenin in Gorki", statuette in Silumin alloy, dated 1970. In Silumin alloy; measures 10" tall; the plinth is 4 " x 6 ". The model for this limited edition sculpture was created in 1969 by the venerable Soviet sculptor Leonid Torich. This particular piece is one of the original series of 1000 copies made in February 1970, just in time for the Lenin's Centenary celebrations that took place during the following month.

    Unlike most other full figure sculptures and paintings of Lenin that tend to show him in action directing masses, this rendition casts him in a far more relaxed pose. The "Leader of the world's proletariat" is sitting in a comfortable rattan chair that had been confiscated from some hapless bourgeois. He is wearing his trademark military style jacket and visor cap, and holding what looks like a newspaper in his lap. His is gazing into the distance immersed in deep thought (or as cynic may suspect, oblivion of advanced dementia).

    The bottom of the base has attached original label of the Monumental Sculpture Factory in Leningrad specifying the February 1970 date of manufacture, a part of the limited edition of 1000 copies. The label also shows the name of the sculptor and the 1969 date of the creation of the original model.

    Due to failing health, Lenin spent the last years of his life in semi-retirement in the little quaint village of Gorki near Moscow. This was officially attributed to hardships endured in Siberian exile during the tsarist era and especially a bullet wound received in the 1918 assassination attempt. The inconvenient details that all Lenin's exiles had been very comfortable and that his health had likely been ravaged by syphilis were of course never advertised.

    The statuette is in excellent condition. There are the usual small light spots to the finish, but they do not detract from the overall appearance. There are no significant nicks, dents or other noticeable damage.

    This is an extremely interesting piece, not only because of its "Lenin in retirement" theme, but also because it's from the original 1970 series.


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