Akop Giurdzhian

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Giurdzhian, Akop Markarovich


Born Dec. 5 (17), 1881, in Shusha, in the present-day Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast; died Dec. 28, 1948, in Paris. Armenian sculptor.

Giurdzhian studied in Paris at the Julien Academy (1906–10) and at A. Rodin’s studio. From 1914 he worked in Moscow, and from 1921, in Paris. In Giurdzhian’s work features of the ancient art of the East are distinctively interwoven with those of modern Western European trends. His best works include portraits in bronze of M. Gorky (1914) and S. V. Rachmaninoff (1915); portraits in terra cotta of M. S. Sar’ian (1927) and G. Ovsepian (1935); and the bronze statue Salome (1925). All these works are displayed in the Armenian Picture Gallery in Yerevan. Giurdzhian sculpted a marble memorial to L. N. Tolstoy in Paris, which was set in place in 1955. He also carved a series of gravestones.


Akop Giurdzhian. Introductory article by G. Igitian. Yerevan, 1966. (An album.)
Gautier, M. A. Gurdjan. Paris, 1954.
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