Vladimir Favorsky

Born: 1886, Moscow
Died: 1964, Moscow

Engraver, illustrator, sculptor, painter, theatrical designer, art theorist, teacher. Nephew of Leonid Sherwood. Born in the family of lawyer and politician Andrei Favorsky (1843–1924) and his wife Olga Sherwood in Moscow (1886). Studied at the Stroganov School of Art and Industry, Konstantin Juon’s studio (1903–04), Simon Hollósy’s school in Munich (1906–07) and the Department of the History of Art of the Faculty of History and Philology of Moscow University (1907–12). Professor (1921–29) and rector (1923–25) of the Faculty of Graphic Art of the VKhUTEMAS. Professor of Moscow Institute of Polygraphy (1930–34) and the Moscow Institute of Fine Arts (1934–38). Evacuated to Samarkand during the Second World War (1941–43). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1956), winner of the Lenin Prize (1962), People’s Artist of the USSR (1963). Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1962), corresponding member of Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (1964). Died in Moscow and buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery (1964). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1911).

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