Boris Nikolaevich Ternovets
Ternovets, Boris Nikolaevich
Born Oct. 21 (Nov. 2), 1884, in Romny; died Dec. 4, 1941, in Moscow. Soviet art scholar.
Ternovets studied law at Moscow University from 1903 to 1908 and at the University of Munich in 1911 and 1912. From 1907 to 1914 he studied and taught in private art schools in Moscow, Munich, and Paris, including the studio of E. A. Bourdelle. As a sculptor he helped implement Lenin’s plan for monument propaganda and was awarded a second prize for his design of the monument Labor Liberated (1920). He was director of the Museum of Modern Western Art from 1919 to 1937.
Ternovets’ main works deal with Soviet sculpture and the progressive 20th-century art of foreign countries. They offer a penetrating analysis of artistic means of expression and persuasively argue the importance of the social and historical milieu in art.