Original bronze figure of an Arab Warrior was executed by famous Russian-Italian sculptor Paolo Petrovich Troubetzkoy (also known as Pavel or Paul; Russian: Павел Петрович Трубецкой, romanized: Pavel Petrovich Trubetskoy; Intra, Italy, 15 February 1866 – Pallanza, 12 February 1938). Не was an artist and a sculptor who was described by George Bernard Shaw as "The most astonishing sculptor of modern times ".
He was the son of Russian diplomat Prince Peter Petrovich Troubetzkoy. He worked in Russia, the United States, England and Italy. He was a self-taught artist, although he learned from sculpture Giuseppe Grandi. He is associated with Impressionism, due to his ability to grasp sketchy movements in his bronze works. He was heavily influenced by the work of Auguste Rodin and Medardo Rosso. He depicted the Society of the Belle Époque. Few of his bronzes are still available in the market. Quite famous is the 35 cm high portrait of Constance Stewart-Richardson called "The Dancer ".
The largest and best known of his works is the monumental equestrian statue of the Russian Tsar Alexander III in St. Petersburg, Russia. The monument was opened in 1909 on the Nevsky Prospekt near the Moskovsky railway terminal. After The Russian Revolution of 1917, the Soviet government removed the monument from the main street to the rear of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in 1994, the monument to Alexander was placed in front of the Marble Palace near the embankment of the Neva River, at the former site of the armoured car that transported Lenin from Finland Station.
Literature: Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler.."Leipzig, 1999; Hans Vollmer (ed.): General lexicon of visual artists.., On-line Wikipedia in Russian, German and English.
Inscription: signed in Latin.
Technique: bronze, dark brown patina. Marble base.
Measurements: height 18 1/2" x width 13 1/3" x depth 7 7/8" (47 x 36,4 x 20 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.