Sergey Yuryevich

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSergey Aleksandrovich•Yuryevich
Used nameSergey•Yuryevich
Original nameСергей Александрович•Юрьевич
Other namesSerge Youriévitch
Born31 March 1876 in Paris VIIIe, Paris (FRA)
Died18 December 1969 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine (FRA)
NOC Russian Federation


Sergey Yuryevich was from a noble Russian family from Belarus and held the title of Prince, maybe not such a good thing after the Bolshevik Revolution. In Russia, he first studied politics in St. Petersburg. In 1903, he began studying painting and sculpture in Paris with Auguste Rodin. There, Yuryevich was a secretary at the Russian Embassy and later became cultural attaché. In French, his name was spelled Serge Youriévitch, which he used. At that time, he also headed an institute for psychology. Subsequently, Yuryevich lived temporarily in Switzerland and Italy before devoting himself entirely to sculpture and opening a studio in Paris above that of Rodin. When World War I broke out, he returned to Russia. After the October Revolution, he emigrated to France, and received French citizenship in 1933.

Youriévitch became an accomplished sculptor and in 1930 made a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Governor of New York. Another bust he created was of Thomas Hardy, the English novelist and poet. Youriévitch also contributed to British art, including sporting art and modern sculpture. He also focused on garden and fountain pieces. In 1957 he obtained American citizenship. Youriévitch taught sculpture at the Guildford School of Art in the 1950s.

Strangely enough, Youriévitch is not listed as a competitor in the Official Report. He is mentioned, though, in the exhibition guide with two of his works. His Wrestler (Le Lutteur) is a 1 m tall plaster sculpture that was acquired by Luxembourg. His best-known figure, widespread in different versions, is that of The Dancer Nattova (La Danseuse Nattova). Natasha Nattova (1905-1988), born as Natalia Schmit, fled to France because of the October Revolution. She later turned to modern dance and became a famous vaudeville dancer in the 1920s. The plaster model was commissioned by the city of Paris and first exhibited in the Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1923. The original bronze from 1924 was about 75 cm high and was melted down during the occupation during World War II.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Art Competitions RUS Sergey Yuryevich
Sculpturing, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Open (Olympic) AC

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