Paolo Troubetzkoy
Nationality: 
russian (b. italy)
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1866
Death Date: 
1938
Bom in Italy to an American mother and a father from a Russian family of ancient and aristocratic lineage, Prince Paolo (or Paul) Troubetzkoy showed precocity as a youthful sculptor. He settled in Paris in 1906, where he quickly became a fashionable portraitist. He lived there until 1932, when he returned to Italy, continuing to work until his death six years later. A painter and designer as well as a sculptor, Troubetzkoy worked primarily in bronze and was a skilled observer of animals as well as of social, literary, and political figures. His small genre portraits were especially successful, although one of his most acclaimed works is the large equestrian figure of Tsar Alexander 111 now in the Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg. Recognition came in the form of an award in the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, followed by the Grand Prize at the 1900 Exposition. His work was also exhibited in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, held in San Francisco.