Russian artist taught and encouraged by Rodin, with a taste for dramatic themes and a mix of slavic mysticism. He is the author of several famous pepole's portraits such as Tolstoî in 1902 and Beethoven's bust in 1906, which will make him famous. His talents isn't limited to sculptures. Indeed, very good in drawing, he does a lot of sketches of children, women and old people, which then serve as models for his busts made out of stone and bronze. He stays under the influence of Rodin even though he rejected academism. It is only in the years 1930 that he fully follows his path by joining the neoclassical movement.