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Prince Paul Troubetzkoy
The girl with the braid

1925

About the Item

PAUL TROUBETZKOY (Intra, 1866 - Pallanza, 1938) The Girl with the Braid, 1925 Bronze, height 49 cm Signed and dated on base "Paul Trobetzkoy/1925" Paolo Troubetzkoy was born in Intra, on Lake Maggiore, in 1866, the second son of the Russian prince Pietro and the American singer Ada Winans. The following year, the family moved to the nearby town of Ghiffa, to a villa where personalities such as the painters Cremona and Ranzoni, the sculptor Grandi, the musicians Catalani and Junck, and the poet and composer Arrigo Boito were frequently hosted. In December 1898 Troubetzkoy left Milan for Russia, where he held a sculpture course at the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts in which he invited his students to copy not from the ancient, but from life. He also exhibits in Stockholm, where he meets Elin Sundström, his future wife. In 1899 he met Lev Tolstoy in Jasnaya Polyana and dedicated two busts to him, a portrait on horseback, an oil painting and some drawings; the artist was struck by the humanitarianism and vegetarianism of the Russian writer, deciding to no longer eat any food from animals. Meanwhile, he painted many portraits of Russian politicians and nobles, including Prince Lev Galitzin, Princess Gagarina and the Wladimirovich Grand Dukes. In 1901 he won the competition for the monument to Tsar Alexander III to be erected in Petersburg, a work that will be inaugurated, after much controversy and renovations, in 1909. In the meantime he began to exhibit frequently, in addition to the most important Italian exhibitions (Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence), also in Paris. In 1905, following the Russo-Japanese War and the outbreak of the first revolutionary uprisings, Troubetzkoy left Russia to take refuge in Finland and then in Milan, finally settling in Paris, where he was invited to create a monument to Tolstoy. The following year he was a member of the "Société Nouvelle des Peintres et Sculpteurs," chaired by Auguste Rodin, and in the French capital he had the opportunity to portray numerous prominent personalities. In 1908, in the studio of the painter Sargent in London, he executed the first bust of George Bernard Shaw. Starting from 1911, Paolo Troubetzkoy's works were exhibited in some individual exhibitions hosted in various American cities, including Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis, and St. Louis. Louis, Boston. Going to New York in 1914 for a new exhibition, he decided not to return to Europe due to the First World War. In 1919 he won the competition for the monument to General Harrison Gray Otis in Los Angeles, inaugurated the following year. In his large studio in Hollywood he knows and depicts many film actors, including Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks senior, alternating portraiture with works inspired by American folklore, such as cowboys, rodeos and Indian Indians. In 1921 Paolo Troubetzkoy returned to Paris, where he rented a villa with a studio in the suburb of Neuilly sur Seine, while in the summer he stayed at the Ca' Bianca, near Suna, on Lake Maggiore. In 1934 he made a trip to Egypt, to exhibit in Alexandria and Cairo. In recent years he continues to work diligently despite a serious form of anemia which leads to his death in 1938, without having changed his vegetarian principles. By desire of the artist himself, his heirs donated to the Landscape Museum of Pallanza all the plaster works left both in the residence of Suna and in the studio of Neuilly sur Seine. Paolo Troubetzkoy, defined as an impressionist sculptor by contemporary critics, flakes the shape of his works to obtain the effect achieved on the canvas by the disheveled painters, or the interpenetration between the subject and the surrounding atmosphere, giving the representation an indeterminacy that belongs to the incessant changeability of real life. In Russia his works became more vigorous and realistic, while in Paris they approached, under the influence of the aesthetes, the refined and elegant portraiture of Boldini and Sargent. The great pleasure of this work has meant that it was practically replicated up to the present day. This extraordinary example, signed and dated 1925, fully shows us all the quality and sensitivity of which the artist was capable. We managed with difficulty to obtain the export permit despite the historical and artistic importance of the object, which was rightly subject to careful verification by the Italian Superintendence. The weight is 4.4 kg Shipping will be arranged by our Gallery or 1stDibs. Shipping is offered for free; additional taxes relating to importation into non-Eur countries will be borne by the buyer, subject to agreements. The Studiolo gallery issues a certificate of authenticity and according to the law and in the light of its thirty years of activity and experience. Guido Cribiori director of the Studiolo Gallery
  • Creator:
    Prince Paul Troubetzkoy (1866-1938, Russian)
  • Creation Year:
    1925
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 19.3 in (49 cm)Width: 6.19 in (15.7 cm)Depth: 5.12 in (13 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: Troubetzkoy1stDibs: LU2534212768462
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