The Hague Museum of Photography

From March 04, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Pierre Gilliard. The last days of the Romanovs

Pierre Gilliard, Alexis Nicolaïevitch. Tsarkoïe-Selo, 1913

Pierre Gilliard. The last days of the Romanovs

On the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the Hague Museum of Photography presents a unique series of insider photographs of Romanov family life, take by the Swiss writer and academic Pierre Gillard (1879-1962). As private tutor to the tsar’s children, he built up a close relationship with them over a period of thirteen years. His intimate, disarming and sometimes surprising pictures of boat trips and games show the still apparently carefree years before Russia’s last tsar met his fateful end. 

An exhibition produced by the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, presented in The Netherlands in collaboration with The Hague Museum of Photography. The exhibition features over seventy modern gelatin silver prints made from his original negatives.