Bach, Robert


Robert Romanovich (Robertovich) Bach (February 9, 1859 — September 17, 1933) — Russian sculptor, academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts since 1891. Worked in the field of an indoor sculpture. Since 1896 conducted a molding class at the architectural department of The Highest Art School of The Imperial Academy of Arts.

Robert Romanovich Bach was born in St. Petersburg in the family of an artist and sculptor Roman Ivanovich Bach (germ. Robert-Heinrich Bach). Studied at the reputed German school Petrischule from 1872 to 1876. Then studied at German St. Anna's college from 1876 to 1879.

He was the irregular student at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1878-1885, where he studied under the tutelage of different masters such as A. R. von Bock, N. A. laveretskiy and I. Podozerov. Bach received praise for the sculpture of a group of bear’s cubs in 1879. Не received a Small incentive medal for molding of the wax bass-relief of "Elf" (State Russian Museum) in 1882, and for molding from life he received The Great Encouragement Medal and the title of A Class artist of the third degree in 1885.

Не attended in- home classes under professor P. P. Chistyakov in 1884. In 1886 for a number of works, a bass-relief of "Idyll" and a portrait of P. P. Chistyakov among them, the sculptor was awarded with the title of class artist of II degree. In 1891, for a statue “The Genius of Art" that was installed above the left part of the building of the Imperial Society for the Arts Encouragement in St. Petersburg, he was ranked by the title of an academician.

Since 1906, Bach was a full member of the Academy of Arts. Working in the field of indoor sculpture, he created a gallery of portraits of artists, writers and composers F. M. Dostoevsky (1886), I. A. Krylov (1886), I. S. Turgenev (1886) (all in the Pushkin house), R. I. Bach (1889), V. E. Savinsky (1901), V. E. Makovsky (1913), etc.

Many portrait busts, animalistic works ("Woodpecker", "Bison", "Greyhound", and “Grouse") and decorative objects were provided by the author for the replication at the Kasli’s plant.

The artist worked in the field of monumental sculpture as well. He created the monuments to Pushkin in Tsarskoye Selo (1900), to M. Glinka at the Theatre square in St.-Petersburg (1906), and to Peter the Great in Tula (1910).

In the Soviet times, the artist continued his career as a teacher, he taught drawing and modeling in the secondary school and the Estonian technical college in St. Petersburg, was the Professor at the Department of monumental sculpture at the Leningrad Higher Art-Technical Institute (1926-1929).

Interesting facts:

  • It is believed that the monument "Pushkin-Lyceum student", created in 1900 by Robert Bach and installed in Tsarskoye Selo, brings good luck and inspiration to young poets.