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Pavel Trubetskoy – outstanding sculptor

Pavel Trubetskoy. Photo 1910

Pavel Trubetskoy. Photo 1910

Pavel Trubetskoy (Italian – Paolo Troubetzkoy) was a Russian sculptor and painter, worked in Italy, the US, Britain, Russia and France.
Pavel was born on February 15, 1866 in Intra, Italy. He was an illegitimate son of Russian immigrant Prince Pyotr Trubetskoy. Pyotr had two wives – one in Russia and the other abroad and Emperor Alexander II prohibited him to return home. Pavel’s mother was Ada Winans, the pianist from the US. The boy had two brothers: Pierre (Peter) – graphic artist and painter; and Luigi (1867-1959) – an electrical engineer.
At the age of eight Pavel became interested in sculpture. In 1884 at Donato Barcaglia’s studio in Milan serious lessons in sculpture began. Trubetskoy never received a systematic artistic training, but his rare talent and willpower assured his success.

His first exhibition was held in the US in 1886.
In 1897, the sculptor came to Russia. The bronze sculpture A Moscow Cab Driver (1898) was the first work he completed in Russia. He got to know such people as Ilya Repin, Isaak Levitan, Valentin Serov and Fyodor Chaliapin, and got on very well with Lev Tolstoy. In St. Petersburg, he took part in exhibitions of artistic association World of Art. Soon after his arrival in Russia Trubetskoy took part in the competition to build the monument to Alexander III and all of a sudden got the first prize.
In 1906, the sculptor left Russia.
In 1914, the sculptor went to the United States where he stayed until 1921.
From 1921 to 1932 the artist lived in Paris, where in 1927 his wife, Swede Elin Sundström, died.
In 1932, Pavel returned to Italy, where he died on February 12, 1938.
His works are in the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Roman Academy of Arts, the Venice Academy, the Berlin National Gallery, the Dresden Gallery and others.

Opening of the monument to Alexander III in St. Petersburg, May 23, 1909

Opening of the monument to Alexander III in St. Petersburg, May 23, 1909

Pavel Trubetskoy – outstanding sculptor