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Benois Olexandr Mykolayovych (1870 - 1960)

A Russian and French painter, graphic artist, stage designer, art historian and art critic. Born in St. Petersburg in the family of the academician of architecture M. Benois. For a certain period of time he studied at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and was learning drawing under the tutelage of his elder brother, a famous Russian watercolorist A. Benois. In 1894 first appeared as a theoretician and historian of art. At the end of the 1890s became an organizer and an ideologist of the art association "Mie Iskusstva" (Art World). He participated in all exhibitions of the Association and founded the same-name magazine. In 1903 he joined the Union of Russian Artists. Hes one of the co-founders of the new Russian school of book graphics, and made illustrations to O. Puskins works The Bronze Horseman and The Queen of Spades. In 1902 he turned down to stage design activity. In 1908 began working with S. Diaghilev, having  created the design sketches  for M. Musorgskyis opera Boris Godunov and in 1909 headed the art division of the non-repertory company of the Russian Ballet, where he played a significant role as a painter and author-stage director of the performances. During 1913-1915 worked as an art director in Moscow Art Theatre, was a designer of the performances for the Bolshoi and Mariinskyi Theatre, etc. In 1926 he left the USSR. Lived in Paris and worked over the sketches of theatrical scenery and costumes for the troupe of I. Rubinstein, Comedie Francaise and Grand Opera in Paris, La Scala in Milan and others. His works are kept in the State Museum of Russian Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Central Theatre Museum and Museum of Benois family.

Painters works:

Auction 19 Lot 19

«Primel. Brittany»,
paper, watercolor, ink, pen; 3245

Price: 10 000 - 12 000 $

Auction 3 Lot 60

«Memory of spring»,
gouache, tempera; 5592

Price: 50 000 70 000 $

Auction 26 Lot 19

"Cavalier ", 1914
paper, ink, pencil; 2718;
left bottom"A e XII. 1914"

Price: 30 000 - 40 000 uah

Auction 26 Lot 36

"Fortune", 1921
paper, ink, white;1117

Price: 30 000 - 45 000 uah