Yesterday I visited my little “square de Tolstoi” again and draw the bust of Tolstoi, which I love to contemplate. It was created by the Armenian Artist Akop Gurdjan (1886 – 1948) , whom I never heard of before.
I love the way Tolstoi’s head is emerging from the stone. Long hair like an inversed crown, covering the ears and flowing down into a full beard. Softly chiseled hair and beard.
I see a smooth and beautifully curved forehead, the massive eyebrows casting dark shadows, hiding the eyes. A piece of the nose is missing and the mouth barely visible, slightly open, under a huge moustache.
I will have to draw many more studies to do justice to the work of the sculptor.
On the first study, it looks as if poor Tolstoi had a bump on his head…