Matchbox label from 1968. On the label there is a sculpture wich was made by Matvey Manizer. As a student Matvey Manizer (1891-1966) was a prominent Russian sculptor. Manizer created a number of works that became classics of socialist realism attended the State Artistic and Industrial Academy there, and the art school of the Peredvizhniki from 1911 through 1916. From 1926 he was a member of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia. In 1941 he moved to Moscow. Working in an academic and realistic style, Manizer produced a great number of monuments situated throughout the Soviet Union, including some twelve portrayals of Lenin. Manizer was awarded the People’s Artist of the USSR (1958), Member of USSR Academy of Arts (1947), vice president of USSR Academy of Arts (1947-1966), chairman of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists from 1937 to 1941, and winner of the Stalin Prize three times.
Matchbox label from the Soviet Union made late 50’s, early 60’s.
Shown is the “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”.
The monument is 24.5 metres (78 feet) high, made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of socialist realism in an Art Deco aesthetic. The worker holds aloft a hammer and the kolkhoz woman a sickle to form the hammer and sickle symbol.
Matchbox label from Soviet Russia featuring the Tsar Cannon. The label is from end 50’s, early 60’s.
The Tsar Cannon is a large early modern period artillery piece (known as a bombarda in Russian) on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. It is a monument of Russian artillery casting art, cast in bronze in 1586 in Moscow, by the Russian master bronze caster Andrey Chokhov. Mostly of symbolic impact, it was never used in a war. However, the cannon bears traces of at least one firing.It is largest bombard by caliber in the world, and it is a major tourist attraction in the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin.