Yevgeny (also: Evgeniy) Viktorovich Vuchetich (1908-1974) was a prominent sculptor and artist in the Soviet Union of Montenegrin descent, born in Yekaterinoslav (now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine). He was mostly known for his heroic monuments. As a prominet representative of Soviet Realism he was awarded many government prizes: Lenin Prize, Stalin Prize for Art, Order of Lenin and the Order of the Patriotic War.
His works include the famous statue Let us beat our swords into ploughshares (1959) that stands in the garden of the United Nations Headquarters Building in New York. Also he made the large Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin.
He was the sculptor of a number of statues Mother Motherland, such as those in Volgograd and Kiev. He died while working on the monument in Kiev, which was completed seven years after his death.
The photo shows the Mother Motherland statue in Volgograd, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad, erected in 1967. From the top of the plint to the tip of the sword is a distance of 85 meters.
The Russian Bank issued a commemorative silver 2 rubles coin on 1 December 2008 for the birth centenary of Vuchetich.
Article on Vuchetich in Wikipedia.
The commemorative coin from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
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last revised: 16 September 2010