State Russian Museum
The name of Vera Mukhina is synonymous with the art of the Soviet period. The sculptress’s powerful creative temperament was the perfect accompaniment to the heroic pathos of the construction of the Soviet state. The portrait of Colonel Yussupov was sculpted during the Second World War. The injured face of the hero of the Soviet Union provided the impetus for the realistic interpretation of his image. Mukhina regarded the colonel as an incarnation of the country that had won the war by bringing together different nationalities and raising its own heroes. This portrait was often cast in bronze and can be found in many art and history museums throughout the former Soviet Union.