Boris Grigoriev trained in art academies in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Paris before finding inspiration in Russian cabarets on the eve of the October Revolution. He immigrated permanently to France in 1921 and continued producing his psychological portraits of Russian showgirls, artists, monks, and peasants. In Old Trombola Grigoriev heightens his sitter’s emotional state by emphasizing his intense gaze and exaggerating the sculptural qualities of his weathered hands and face. Grigoriev later wrote, “I have been watching and studying the Russian people for many years ... and these paintings are the fruits of my observations.”
Oil on canvas
29 x 23 1/2 in. (73.7 x 59.7cm)
Frame: 34 5/8 x 28 7/8 in. (87.9 x 73.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right: "Boris Grigoriev/1924"
Gift of Mrs. W. Murray Crane, Morton E. Goldsmith, Boris Grigoriev, and The New Gallery
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Boris Grigoriev (Russian, 1886-1939). Old Trombola, 1924. Oil on canvas, 29 x 23 1/2 in. (73.7 x 59.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. W. Murray Crane, Morton E. Goldsmith, Boris Grigoriev, and The New Gallery, 25.90 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 25.90_PS2.jpg)
overall, after cleaning, 25.90_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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