Artemy Ober works from the Museum's funds are demonstrated at the exhibition "Artemy Ober. 1843-1917. Dedication to the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death".
Exhibition "Artemy Ober. 1843-1917. Dedication to the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death" that is underway in the Russian Museum presents an exceptional collection of the master’s works, including the works that by the Museum acquired from his widow Natalia Ober in 1935.
"A great Russian artist died. Animalist by nature, by vocation, by consciousness" – those were the first words of the memorandum that devoted Alexandre Benois devoted to his longtime friend Artemy Lavrentievich Ober. It happened exactly 100 years ago. The collective statement signed by A. Benois, M. Dobuzhinsky, E. Lanceray, S. Jaremich and K. Somov on November, 1917 announced: "We, the undersigned, concerned about the preservation of the memory and creative legacy of the deceased academician of sculpture Artemy Ober, consider it our duty to address Council on the Arts under the Provisional Government Commissar with a proposal to take measures for ensuring the integrity of the works of the deceased artist ... ".
A personal exhibition was conceived as far back as in 1917 – this fact was mentioned in the obituary published immediately after the death of the artist, and in the December newspaper article of the same year as well. Then the project was not implemented, but after almost 100 years, it was recalled by the Russian Museum. This is practically the first monographic exhibition of creative works by A. Ober. His best works are shown, a catalog and a unique "Autobiography" are published.
The exhibition features works by the master from the State Historical Museum, the State Hermitage Museum, the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music, the House of Scientists named after M. Gorky, the Russian Academy of Sciences. David Iakobachvili’s Museum Collection provided four works of the master. They are sculptures and sculptural compositions: "Jack and Jill, dogs of Caesar Kavos" (circa 1878, bronze), "Fox that caught a partridge" (bronze, early 1880's), "A Ukrainian ox" (1878, bronze), "A Pointer" (bronze, marble-base, mid 1880's).
Interesting facts from the sculptor’s biography are posted on our website.
Ref: Artemy Ober / "Almanac", Karpova Elena, Ed.513. SPb: Palace Editions, 2017.