the Flag” Sculpture
Created at the State
by sculptor Natalia Danko,
The paradigmatic porcelain figurine “Workwoman
Embroidering the Flag” stands
among the first subjects of the Soviet
“agitporcelain” (porcelain works aimed at
revolutionary propaganda). In addition,
it is the handiwork of one of the most
famous national porcelain artists Natalia Danko.
Of course, the wonderful figurine of a workwoman
was created as a “topic of the
day.” But with such craftsmanship and deep
love was it made that now not only
does it serve as an example of the aesthetics
of that time, but also arouses sentimental
feelings. Striking plastic and distinctive colours
could really remind of what our country recently lived.
“The revolutionary poppy-red colour was developed at the Petrograd State
Porcelain Factory in 1918. Actually, the colour itself was a part of Lenin’s
epic ‘Monumental Propaganda Plan.’ The adoption of new colours have adorned
the life of the Soviet country and added a solemn festivity to it. It is this
red colour that became the colour of the national flag, inspired generations
of Soviet people to heroism and was glorified in the Soviet-era works of art.”
Flag of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic of 1918
Natalia Danko (1892-1942) was a student of another famous sculptor, Kuznetsov, V.V.
All throughout her life she worked at the State Porcelain Factory and
left a significant artistic legacy of more than 300 pieces. Her unique porcelain
sculptures featuring episodes from Soviet life are now considered classic examples
of the style and pride of museum and private collections. Moreover, the sculptor
was one of the first in the USSR who applied porcelain in architecture: in 1936-37
she completed 14 bas-reliefs, “Dances of the USSR Nations,” for the Moscow
metro station “Ploshchad Sverdlova” (now “Teatralnaya”). Natalia Danko's life
ended tragically in 1942. After surviving famine of the most difficult months in the
besieged Leningrad during WWII, she died shortly after the evacuation from the
starving city on her way to the Ural city of Irbit, where she was buried.
Porcelain figurines at the Teatralnaya station of Moscow metro. Made at the Leningrad Porcelain
Factory after sketches by sculptor Natalia Danko.