Tomb of IM Soshenko
The grave of the artist Ivan Soshenko, a teacher and friend of Taras Shevchenko, is located in Korsun-Shevchenkivskiy on Yuvileyna Street. According to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of September 3, 2009 № 928, entered in the State Register of Immovable Monuments of Ukraine as a historical monument of national importance, protection number 230022-N. The territory where the grave is located is part of the Korsun-Shevchenkivskiy State Historical and Cultural Preserve.
Ivan Soshenko was buried in 1876 in the old city Boguslav cemetery, which has existed since the early seventeenth century and was closed in the early 1960s. In 1967, a square called the Jubilee Park was laid on the site of the cemetery, and in 2009 it was renamed the square named after I. Soshenko. The street that leads to the grave is also named after the artist.
On the grave stood a granite tombstone with a carved image of the cross in an arched frame, installed by Bartholomew Shevchenko, a cousin and relative of Taras Shevchenko. A black marble plaque is attached to the tombstone, indicating the artist’s last name, first name, patronymic, date of death and age.
The granite tombstone was replaced in 1986 by the Muse monument (sculptor – Edward Kuntsevych, architect – Konstantyn Sydorov) in the form of a figure of a woman with a palette and brushes in her hand, leaning over a scroll with a bas-relief of the artist (stolen by unknown people in 2018). On the scroll was the inscription: “A friend of the great Kobzar, artist and teacher Ivan Maksymovych Soshenko (1807-1876).” And only in 1992 the old tombstone was installed next to the grave.
In 2015, at the expense of philanthropists, the surrounding area was reconstructed: tiles were replaced, curbs were installed, and lighting was restored.
The outstanding Ukrainian poetess Lina Kostenko, having visited the grave of the artist, wrote the poem “Monument to I.M. Soshenko”.