Count Tolstoi by Thierry Poncelet



Title

Count Tolstoi

Artist

Thierry Poncelet

Ref GM1292
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 20" (40 x 50 cm)
Price Add to basket
Description  
Thierry Poncelet has been captivating art collectors with his wonderful and eccentric canine portraits called 'Aristochiens' for over twenty years. After deciding to give new life to some old ancestral portraits that he found in second-hand stores or markets, Poncelets Aristochien series was born. Since then, Poncelets paintings have attained a unique place in the world of contemporary art. In "Count Tolstoi", Poncelet has carefully matched the breed of the dog, a terrier, to the male sitter. Poncelet has captured the facial expression of the dog beautifully which portrays a soft but strong nature and echoes that of the sitter, creating a new portrait which combines gentle humour and classic portraiture. Tolstoi is a prominent family of Russian nobility, descending from Andrey Kharitonovich Tolstoi who served under Vasily II of Moscow. The "wild Tolstoys", as they were known in the high society of Imperial Russia, have left a lasting legacy in Russian politics, military history, literature, and fine arts.