98 х 46 х 43
State Russian Museum
Ilya Ginzburg, who successfully worked in small-format sculpture, enthusiastically created genre statuettes based on children’s lives. The boy depicted is playing a string instrument and is delighted by the sound. For the sculptor, it was important to convey the child’s spontaneity, his lively expression, and enthusiasm for this activity.
Ginzburg, Ilya Yakovlevich (1859, Hrodno — 1939, Leningrad)
The sculptor Ilya Ginzburgstudied under Marcus Antokolsky from 1871 to 1878, then for a further eight years at the Imperial Academy of Arts, where he was granted full membership in 1911. Ginzburg was an exponent of genre sculpture and took special interest in subjects related to childhood. He created numerous portrait statuettes and busts of famous artists, writers, scientists, and public figures: Vladimir Stasov (1889), Dmitry Mendeleev (1890), Leo Tolstoy (1891), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1892), Vasily Vereshchagin (1892), Ivan Shishkin (1892) and others, as well as tombstones of Vladimir Stasov (1908), Mark Antokolsky (1909) and Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak (1915).