POTD 2017/245. Derujinsky's 'Diana'
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Saturday, September 02, 2017
By J.W. Remington Photographics
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One of Gleb W. Derujunsky's popular small bronzes, "Diana" creates a delightful pattern with a sweeping rush of bodies. An accomplished painist, Derujunsky may have been influenced by his hobby in creating the rhythmic qualities of this sculpture. His talent in woodcarving also enabled him to create pleasing yet workable compositions.

Born in Smolensk, Russia, Derujunsky was related to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on his father's side and the painter Mikhail Vrubel on his mother's. He completed his law degree at the University of Petrograd to meet his father's expectations, but devoted his entire life to sculpture.

His artistic studies began in the years 1896–1901 at the Drawing School of the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in Saint Petersburg, his teacher being sculptor I.I. Andreoletti, the talented pedagogue and professor at the Academy of Arts. Having finally decided in favour of art as his life-work, Derujinsky moved to Paris in 1912, where he continued his studies at the Académie Colarossi and at the Académie Julian, where he was befriended by Rodin.

He returned to Saint Petersburg in 1903 and continued his studies at the Imperial Academy of Arts, Sculpture department, where he received seven first prizes, the first to receive this distinction and was nominated for the Prix de Rome. He participated in the Academy exhibitions and those organized by the Society for the traveling art exhibitions (Peredvizhniki), and others. In 1918 he graduated from the Academy and emigrated to the United States in 1919.

His original sculptures in plaster done from life include Theodore Roosevelt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Prokofiev, Lillian Gish, Lady Diana Cooper, Rabindranath Tagore, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, José Raúl Capablanca and many others.

Derujinsky's works are in the permanent collections of major museums in the United States and Europe as well as many churches and public buildings. In 1926, he designed and patented the "Rearing Lion" hood ornament for the Franklin automobile. In 1933 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1953.

His son, Gleb Derujinsky (1925–2011), was one of the most in demand fashion photographers of his time.

He died on March 9, 1975 at the age of 86 in his New York home.

1/250 sec, at f/5.6 ISO 800
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 41mm

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