Alexei Karev

Born: 1879, Shilovka (Saratov Province)
Died: 1942, Leningrad

Painter, graphic artist, teacher. Studied at an icon-painting studio in Saratov (1895), under Fyodor Korneyev in Saratov (1896), at the Alexei Bogolyubov School of Drawing in Saratov (1896–98), under Konstantin Savitsky at the Nikolai Seliverstov School of Art in Penza (1898–1901), at the Kiev Private School of Art (1901–02) and the Free Studio of Art in St Petersburg (1903–07). Influenced by the French Symbolists (late 1900s) and Post-Impressionists (early 1910s), painted cityscapes of Petrograd/Leningrad (late 1910s–1930s). Member of the World of Art (1917). Commissar of the Petrograd State Free Art Studios (1918), worked for IZO Narkompros (1918–19), transformed the existing schools of art into state free art studios in Penza (1919) and Saratov (1920–21). Taught at the Saratov State Free Art Studios (1920–21), Central School of Technical Drawing (1921–22) and the VKhUTEIN/Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of the All-Russian Academy of Arts (1922–41, professor from 1940). Died of hunger during the Siege of Leningrad (1942). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1907). Contributed to the exhibitions of Wreath (1908), Golden Fleece Salon (1908–09), World of Art (1911–24), Union of Youth (1919), Four Arts (1926, 1928) and one-man shows at the Russian Museum in Leningrad (1927, 1981).

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