This monument located on Andriivskyi Descent is one of the most unusual. It is authored by the sculptor Ivan Kavaleridze. Thanks to his emotional and sensitive nature, Shevchenko fell in love many times during his life, but he was never destined to start a family. All the women who met on the artist’s life path influenced his work and became his ‘muses’.
Young Shevchenko’s first love was Oksana who was of the same age as he. He met her when he shepherded the community herd in Kyrylivka. The last love of the great poet was the servant of his St. Petersburg friends, Lukeria Polusmak, a Ukrainian. At Shevchenko’s request, she was released from serfdom. The poet engaged to Lukeria, organised her studies and rented her an apartment. However, he broke off the engagement due to his fiancée’s betrayal with the tutor. Only after over 40 years after Shevchenko’s death, Lukeria moved to Kaniv and often visited his grave.
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