Self Portrait of Oleg Komov
Vartkes Barsoumian ,
has been sending me more photos of Soviet sculpture lately,
including this self portrait by one of my favorites,
For some reason,
sculptors just are not as inclined
to produce portraits of themselves
Perhaps because they cannot easily
see all-the-way around their own head ?
Or perhaps because,
having chosen a profession
that has traditionally had the responsibility
of making objects for worship,
they have been a bit too modest
to present themselves up on the pedestal.
a great sculptor of heroic figures
from Russian history,
overcame whatever modesty he ever had
to offer us himself ...
and a wonderful sculpture it is !
and looked up to,
with a rather blank stare of admiration,
by one of his own pieces.
Go Oleg !