Vladimir Konashevich

Born: 1888, Novocherkassk
Died: 1963, Leningrad

Draughtsman, painter, lithographer, illustrator, curator, teacher, writer on art. Born in the family of an engineer called Mikhail Konashevich in the town of Novocherkassk in south-west Russia (1888). Studied under Sergei Malyutin, Konstantin Korovin and Leonid Pasternak at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1908–14). Moved to Petrograd (1915), where he collaborated with various publishing houses (from 1917). Deputy head curator of the Pavlovsk Palace Museum (1918–26). Illustrated Nikolai Gogol’s play Marriage (1919) and Afanasy Fet’s Poems (1921). Member of the World of Art (1922–24). Taught drawing and headed the lithographic studio at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN in Petrograd (1921–30). Worked for the lithographic studio of the Leningrad branch of the Union of Artists (1932-41). Survived the Siege of Leningrad (1941–44). Taught at the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad (1944–48). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1945). Illustrated Alexander Pushkin’s fairytale The Tale of the Golden Cockerel (1948, 1962). Died in Leningrad and buried at the Cemetery of St John the Theologian (1963). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1915), including the World of Art in Petrograd (1922), The World of Art: On the Centenary of the Exhibition of Russian and Finnish Artists in 1898 at the Ateneumin taidemuseo in Helsinki (1998) and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (1998–99) and Fairytales in Russia at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2000).

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