The Last Days of the Romanov: Mementos from Pierre Gilliard

One of the most intense moments of world history is the fall of Tsarist Russia. Up to now, it's one of the most discussed, with the on-going debate of whether Anastasia died or not. Swiss writer and academician Pierre Gilliard captured what would inevitably be their last days.

Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962), Aleksej Nikolajevitsj. Tsarkoje Selo, 1913 © Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962), Tatjana Nikolajevna and interned at the edge of the park. Tsarkoje Selo April 1917. © Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962), Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolajevna. Forest Biolévjé, autumn 1913. © Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne

Gilliard was a tutor to the imperial children, forming a special bond with them for a span of 13 years. His intimate and endearing relationship with the children would be due to the fact he allowed them to spend days carefree, playtime was something that also came so often. He began photographing the family around 1911, he captured official occasions, domestic scenes, private vacations of Nicholas II and Alexandra, and children during playtime -- Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei.

This all lasted until the communist army forced Tsar Nicholas II to step down the throne on March 8, 1917. It's been 100 years since the demise of Russia's monarchic government. The renowned family continues to appeal to people up to this day.

Catch the on-going show The Last Days of the Romanov for a haunting past of Russian history at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in Hague.

Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962), Romanov's five children with shaved head following an attack of measles. Tsarkoje Selo February 1917. © Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962), Nicholas II and his children, in late April 1918. This is the last known photo of the Romanovs. Tobolsk, 1918. © Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962), Pierre Gilliard and Tsarevich Aleksej Nikolajevitsj Jajla Mountain Crimea in May 1914. © Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne

The show will run though June 11.

Images are from the press kit.

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