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Lipchitz's left-wing sympathies led him to take an interest in the Soviet Union. The ideals and achievements of the Revolution impressed him and, in 1935, he visited relations in Russia. He subsequently wrote of his disillusion at the 'oppression and dictatorship' that he found. Nonetheless, he accepted a proposal to make a monument to the Revolution entitled Towards a New World, for which this is a study. In order to express the 'liberation of the Russian people through industry and agriculture' he envisaged a column topped by dancing figures. The commission came to nothing.

March 2001