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Old Trombola

Boris Grigoriev

European Art

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.”
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1924
DIMENSIONS 29 × 23 1/2 in. (73.7 × 59.7 cm) frame: 34 5/8 × 28 7/8 × 2 1/2 in. (87.9 × 73.3 × 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "Boris Grigoriev/1924"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. W. Murray Crane, Morton E. Goldsmith, Boris Grigoriev, and The New Gallery
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Boris Grigoriev (Russian, 1886–1939). Old Trombola, 1924. Oil on canvas, 29 × 23 1/2 in. (73.7 × 59.7 cm). 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)
IMAGE overall, after cleaning, 25.90_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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