Pierre Choumoff, ‘Rodin's Psyche’, ca. 1900, Grob Gallery

1899 (sculpture)

About Pierre Choumoff

Sculptor Auguste Rodin believed in the ability of photo documentation to disseminate knowledge about his work; Pierre Choumoff was the last photographer he collaborated with before his death. Given the advances in electrical technology, Choumoff was able to use artificial light to control reflective surfaces, making his work important in Rodin’s oeuvre. Choumoff would take the last photographs of Rodin including his deathbed portraits in 1917 and became the first photographer of the Rodin Museum when it opened two years later. In all, he completed some 300 images relating to Rodin and his works. Born in Grondo (Hrodna), Choumoff was forced to flee to Paris in 1900, where he quickly assimilated among the large number of émigrés from throughout Eastern Europe who had also fled czarist oppression. His studio became a crossroads for intellectuals and artists such as Claude Monet, Isadora Duncan and Albert Einstein.

Russian-French, 1872-1936, Grodno, Russia, based in Paris, France