Artist biography

Dimitri Tsapline 1890-1967

Russian sculptor of animals and figures. All his works were carved direct in stone or wood without preliminary models. Born of a poor peasant family in a village 200 miles from Saratov. Taught himself to read and write. In 1917 studied for three months at the art school at Saratov; afterwards continued his studies independently for some years. 1925-7 in Moscow, where he was influenced by Assyrian, Greek and especially Egyptian sculpture. Held a successful exhibition in Moscow in 1927, and was given a scholarship by the Soviet Government to study in Western Europe. 1927-32 in Paris, where he exhibited regularly in the principal Salons and had a one-man show. Visited Spain, Majorca and England, then returned in 1935 to Moscow, where he remained for the rest of his life and where he died.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.732