Vadim Androusov is born in St. Petersburg in 1895. His father is a geologist and his grand-father is Heinrich Schliemann, the archeologist who discovered the cites of Troy and Mycenae. He arrives in Paris in 1920 and takes classes at La Grande Chaumière academy; Bourdelle is one of his professors. His first sculptures date from 1925 and depict female figures and characters drawn from classical antiquity. He rarely uses bronze, preferring terracotta, plaster, wood, and stone. He exhibits his creations at the "Salon des Tuileries" and the "Salon des Indépendants". While a sculptor, he also collaborates with interior decorators and creates wall-mounted light fixtures, furniture pulls, and lock escutcheons. Throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, his sirens, Medusa heads, and lions decorate the neoclassical furniture made by André Arbus orJean Pascaud. He passes away in 1975.


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