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Xawery Dunikowski (1875–1964) is one of the greatest Polish sculptors of the 20th century. The present bust of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin comes from the post-war period in the artist’s work. After the WWII, the ideas of social realism carried Dunikowski away. However, ideological activities did not translate into the form of his works: he remained faithful to the expressive, simplified form he developed in the interwar period.

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Xawery Dunikowski (1875–1964) is one of the greatest Polish sculptors of the 20th century. The present bust of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin comes from the post-war period in the artist’s work. After the WWII, the ideas of social realism carried Dunikowski away. However, ideological activities did not translate into the form of his works: he remained faithful to the expressive, simplified form he developed in the interwar period. His busts of Lenin caused perplexity: they were definitely different from the recognised monuments of himself and plaster heads of directors decorating the desks. A similar bewildered astonishment was caused by his famous design of a monument of Stalin, which was called “a dwarf with a big paw”. Regardless of the confusing history of Poland, one should give Dunikowski what is his due: recognition of his great talent.

Elaborated by Adam Spodaryk (Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums),
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.

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“A Bust of Lenin” by Xawery Dunikowski

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