Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Lowering of the Coffin into the Grave with Kneeling Mourners

Artist:
Aleksey Ivanovich Saveliev (Russian, 1883–1923)
Date:
November 9, 1910
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 8.9 x 13.3 cm (3 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Pierre Apraxine, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.423.2
Not on view
These six photo-postcards show various places and moments surrounding the death and burial of Leo Tolstoy. In November 1910 the eighty-two-year-old novelist walked away from his great wealth to devote himself to Christian charity and died in a stationmaster's house after falling ill on a train. Tolstoy's death was of tremendous national importance, and how he was to be mourned–whether to kneel or stand at the grave, for instance–signified a contrast between old and new that would be decided during the Russian Revolution seven years later.
Pierre Apraxine

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