The Tretyakov Gallery will host an exhibition of works by Russian-Italian sculptor Pavel Troubetzkoy. The last exhibition of this famous impressionist’s works was held in 1991. Back then, the exhibition featured works from the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery plus other Russian museums. Twenty-seven years later, art connoisseurs will be able to see Troubetzkoy’s works once again. This time, the exhibition will showcase a total of about 30 sculptures from the collection of patron of the arts David Yakobashvili.
Italy: training and evolving
Pavel (Paolo) Troubetzkoy is the son of Prince Peter Troubetzkoy and American pianist Ada Winans. The future sculptor was born in Italy in 1866. He did not receive any training in academic art, but had been interested in drawing and making sculptures ever since he was a child. Italian sculptor Giuseppe Grandi became his first teacher.
Troubetzkoy’s style is unique and easily recognisable. Inspired by impressionist ideas, the artist created his own sculpture language. The surface of his works is vibrant; it is breathing. While creating his works, Troubetzkoy unleashes inner energy and covers the surface of sculptures with vigorous, impressive touches.
Russia: recognition and triumph
When Troubetzkoy came to Russia, he already was a successful and famous artist. In 1897, he was offered the position of a sculpture teacher at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. The school created a spacious workshop, wide enough to fit horse-riding Cossacks and carriages, especially for the sculptor, and, especially for the sculptor, invited a well-known founder, Carlo Robecchi from Italy.
In 1900, Pavel Troubetzkoy’s sculptures were exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, where they received the grand prix. That is when Auguste Rodin said that Troubetzkoy had marked the beginning of the Russian triumph in the world. Ever since, his name has been associated with the Russian sculpture school.
There has been a lot of debate in academic circles concerning the works of Pavel Troubetzkoy. Representatives of the old school could not accept the new sculpture form and called it decadent. Despite this criticism, however, Troubetzkoy's workshop became a place that attracted artists and art connoisseurs.
Many famous people of the time, including Leo Tolstoy, posed for Troubetzkoy. His most famous work is the monument to Alexander III which was installed on Znamenskaya Square (now Vosstaniya Square) in St Petersburg in 1909. In Soviet times, the monument was dismantled. Now it can be seen next to the entrance to the Marble Palace.
In Russia, Troubetzkoy created a total of about 50 sculptures, with many of those to be exhibited at the Tretyakov Gallery.
Exhibits at Tretyakov Gallery
At the Tretyakov Gallery, visitors will find exhibits from the collections of the gallery plus the Russian Museum. Most of the sculptures are part of the collection of patron of the arts David Yakobashvili. Visitors will be able to see works created in Russia, France, Italy and the US, with most of them being exhibited for the first time ever. The list of the most prominent exhibits includes portraits of Bernard Shaw, Giacomo Puccini, Auguste Rodin and Enrico Caruso, and a unique portrait of the sculptor’s wife Elin.
The exhibition will be held from 22 June to 26 August. The vernissage will take place at 6 pm on 21 June.