Ivan Shadr (1887-1941) was born a peasant’s son in the tiny Ural region town of Shadrinsk, 1,200 miles east of Moscow. His real name was Ivan Ivanov, but he took his pseudonym from the name of his hometown, and at the age of 20 he set out to seek his fortune in the Russian Empire’s capital, St. Petersburg.
Shadr was talented in many ways. Alexandrinsky Theatre director, Mikhail Darsky, was impressed by his singing ability, and the painter Ilya Repin complimented Shadr on his artistic skills. The peasant boy, however, decided to focus on sculpture.
After completing studies at Nicholas Roerich’s school …read more
Source: Russia Beyond The Headlines