Catherine Barjansky

Константиновская, Екатерина Львовна

Sculptor, illustrator

Born Odessa, 1890

Died New York, 8 February 1965


Barjansky was born as Ekaterina Konstantinovskaya into a wealthy Jewish Russian family. She studied sculpture at the Odessa Art school. In 1910 she left for Munich, where she took private lessons. In 1914 she married the cellist Aleksandr Barjansky. The couple didn't settle but travelled all over Europe and the USA. They had a son Michael who, in 1960, became cultural attaché to the US Embassy in Rome. Barjansky was mainly a portraitist and sculpted portraits of famous people as Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and others.