Maria Dillon. Monument to Vera Komissarzhevskaya (1864-1910)
Vera Komissarzhevskaya was a famous dramatic actress of the 19th-20th centuries. She played around 1000 roles and created her own drama theater. Among her roles were: Nina Zarechaya in "The Seagull" by Chekhov, Larisa in "The Poor Bride" by Ostrovsky, and Margarita in "Faust" by Goethe.
The first project of the monument included the gull in front of the figure of the actress (it's an association with the most well-known role of Komissarzhevskaya - Nina Zarechnaya in the play "The Seagull" ), but it did not get past church censorship. Contemporaries noted the extraordinary artistic expressiveness of the monument., which was revealed in the precision of the portrait, the posture, and the gesture of the hand, which opens an invisible curtain. The actress holds in her hands a folded sheet of paper, a script, and at her feet is a palm branch - a symbol of glory.
The monument to Komissarzhevskaya is the best work of the sculptor Maria Dillon, the first Russian woman to be professionally educated as a sculptor.