Naoum Aronson

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Naoum Aronson
Kustodiev Portrait of Naum Aronson.jpg
Portrait of Naoum Aronson by Boris Kustodiev
Born 1872
Died 1943
New York City
Occupation Sculptor
Spouse(s) Dr. Helene Aronson

Naoum Aronson (1872-1943) was a Russian-born sculptor who lived for most of his life in Paris. He is known principally for his busts of important leaders, including Ludwig van Beethoven,[1] Louis Pasteur,[2] Leo Tolstoy,[2] Grigori Rasputin,[2] and Vladimir Lenin.[3]

Aronson was born to a Jewish family in what is now Latvia in 1872. He studied art at the Vilna Art School before moving to Paris, where he would live for 50 years. He maintained six galleries in Paris, but kept his prize pieces, including the bust of Rasputin, in his Montparnasse studio. After the German invasion of France in 1940, he was forced to flee the country. When he arrived in New York as a refugee in March, 1941 aboard the Serpa Pinto, he had little more than some photographs of the sculptures that he had left behind in France. He died two years later in his Upper West Side studio at the age of 71.[2]

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  1. ^ "Naoum Aronson's Beethoven monument in Bonn". Beethoven Haus. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Naoum Aronson, Russian Sculptor (obituary)". New York Times. 1 October 1943. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Naoum ARONSON (1872-1943)". Bruno Jansem. Retrieved 2 October 2013.