Photo album of works by Artemy Aubert for his 180th birth jubilee
Artemy Aubert, a Russian sculptor animalist, who worked on indoor sculpture, was born on March 22, 1843 in Moscow. The sculptor worked in various sculptural genres, but became known primarily as an animalist, the author of small form works intended for decorating interiors (the so-called "cabinet" sculpture). According to Alexandre Benois, Artemy Aubert was able to depict "animals from the heart" and reproduce in their appearance what "we admire most in Krylov. His individual style was characterized by the texture of modelling, a passion for the faithful representation of nature and the dynamism of compositions based on active movement.
The most interesting works of Artemy Auber are those, based on his longstanding years of surveillance on animals, studying their external appearance, subtleties of body mechanism, nature, habits and movements. Not limiting the world of his quests to just "animal portraits", the sculptor discovered unknown mysteries in this sphere. We can say that Auber, who came to replace Clodt, devoted his life, like Clodt, to the loveable portrayal of animals.
It seemed as if Artemy Auber from the very beginning felt the peculiarity of his talent and almost never undertook large monumental statues or monumental decorative sculptural groups, giving preference to the so-called indoor plastics.
The sculptor himself often created only a wax or plaster model. The castings were made by other craftsmen at numerous bronze foundries in St Petersburg or at the Kasli plant of architectural and art casting, as the corresponding marks the items attest. Late castings are also known, dating to the mid-20th century.
The works of Artemy Auber are stored in many museum collections, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Russian Sculpture section of the museum Collection.
For the 180th anniversary of Artemy Auber birth, we have prepared a photo album of the sculptor's that are stered in the museum Collection repository.
The sculptor died in 1917 in Petrograd. Despite the fact that he started sculpting seriously in his mature years, Auber stands far ahead of many of his contemporaries in terms of knowledge and technique.
Ref.: Anatolij Ganulić. Journal of Antiques, Art and Collectibles, No. 18 (June 2004), p.72;
Artemy Ober / Almanac, Karpova Elena; Issue 513. SPb: Palace Editions, 2017