Leonid Pozen

Born: 1849, Obolon (Poltava Province)
Died: 1921, Petrograd

Sculptor. Born in the family of a retired staff captain called Vladimir Pozen in the Ukrainian village of Obolon (1849). Studied at Kharkiv and St Petersburg Universities. Graduated as doctor of law from the St Petersburg University (1873). Took up sculpture independently (1877). Modelled works from wax, which were cast from bronze by the Morand and Werfel Smelting Houses in St Petersburg. Member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (from 1891). Lived and worked in Rome (1894). Full member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1894), member of the Academy council (1900). Designed bronze statues of Ivan Kotlyarevsky (1903) and Nikolai Gogol (1914–15, opened 1934) for the town of Poltava. Turned down the title of academician of sculpture (1915). Died in Petrograd and buried at the Smolensk Cemetery (1921). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (from 1882).

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