Alexander Gluskin

Born: 1899, Odessa
Died: 1969, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, teacher. Born in the family of an office worker called Mikhail Gluskin in Odessa (1899). Studied under Vladimir Sause at Odessa Commercial College (1909–17), at Joel-Rubin Bershadsky’s private school of art in Odessa (1914–16) and under Joel-Rubin Bershadsky and Kyriakos Kostandi at the Odessa School of Art (1916–21). Worked for the Russian Telegraph Agency in Odessa (1920–21). Moved to Moscow, where he worked for IZO Narkompros (1921). Founding member of the New Society of Painters (1921–24), member of Existence (1924–28), Association of Artists of the Revolution (1930) and the Union of Artists (1932). Visited Batumi (1936), Murmansk (1936) and Tarusa (1939). Evacuated to Samarkand during the Second World War (1941–42). Returned to Moscow (1942) and worked as an artist at a munitions factory (1942–45). Taught at the Moscow Municipal Children’s School of Art (1945–59) and the Moscow Municipal School of Art (1946–50). Painted views of places associated with Vladimir Lenin (1950–51) and Leo Tolstoy (1952–53). Visited Koktebel (1960), Estonia (1960–61), Borisoglebsk (1961), Pereslavl-Zalessky (1961, 1967), Odessa (1962), Novorossiisk (1963), Goryachy Klyuch (1963–64), Gurzuf (1963–64), Bakhchisarai (1964–66), Vyshny Volochyok (1965), Torzhok (1965),  Armenia (1965–66) and Rostov (1967). Died in Moscow (1969). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1919), including the First People’s Exhibition of Pictures, Posters, Signboards and Children’s Creativity in Odessa Museum of Art at 5 Sofia Street in Odessa (1919), First Exhibition of Pictures of the New Society of Painters in the Central House of Education Workers at 4 Leontiev Lane in Moscow (1922), Times of Change: Art in the Soviet Union (1960–85) at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2006) and one-man shows at the Union of Artists in Moscow (1955, 1968).

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