Fyodor Smirnov

Born: 1894, Ivakino (Smolensk Province)
Died: 1954, Moscow

Wood and line engraver. Born in the family of Vasily Smirnov in the village of Ivakino in Smolensk Province (1894). Studied under Vadim Falilyev and Ivan Sokolov at the Proletkult School of Painting and Graphic Art (1918–22) and took lessons from Dmitry Kardovsky, Ivan Pavlov and A. A. Suvorov. Member of Fire-Colour. Took up wood engraving (1931). Designed a series of illustrated librettos for new productions at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, including Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Sadko (mid-1930s). Died in Moscow (1954). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1924).

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