PAOLO TROUBETZKOYPaolo Troubetzkoy was born in Intra, in the province of Verbania February 15, 1866, was an Italian sculptor and painter, to a Russian father (the diplomat Prince Pierre Troubetzkoy) and American mother, the pianist Ada Winans.
He studied sculpture with Ernesto Bazzaro and Giuseppe Grandi and painting with Daniel Ranzoni, but was largely self-taught.
Polyglot, a participant of the international aristocracy who knew Belle Epoque beautifully portrayed in his sculptures, Troubetzkoy worked and resided in Russia (he taught the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow for nine years, from 1897 to 1906), France (Paris, where he studied in depth the work of Rodin, and where in 1900 he won the Grand Prix), England, USA (first in New York in 1911 and then, from 1914, in Hollywood), as well as in Italy (Verbania-Pallanza there is still the Villa Troubetzkoy, where he returned to live in 1932).
Noble birth and rich, Troubetzkoy, despite proving himself a skillful impresario of his own art, you do not ever found the need to work as a sculptor for a living, nor loved to mingle with contemporary artistic movements. This ended up injuring her reputation among critics and fellow Italian, who had a good game in giving the label, still not dissipated, of “rich dilettante.”
On the other hand, the economic security allowed him to develop a personal style in absolute independence, without regard to the demands of the gallery, and even less of artistic schools of the period in which it is difficult today to be able to frame it. His sculptural style is made of a nervous “Impressionism” (which has its origin in the vicinity of the youthful characters Scapigliatura), rapid gestures of spatula on a chalk a lot of liquid, from which the portrait “takes shape” at the summit containing face, where the slow gestures and traits emerge from a kind of haze, due to the choice of the constant “Nonfinito” in the treatment of surfaces.
Lover of a sculpture that privileged aspects of intimate and everyday, sometimes traits a bit ‘melancholy, Troubetzkoy had difficulty seeing in Italy recognize his skills from the government body.
For this reason his larger-scale works or abroad, or are still at the preparatory chalk.
These casts can now be easily admired because he left, at his death, the Museum of the landscape Verbania-Pallanza, who reserve an entire floor of the exhibition Gipsoteque Troubetzkoy.