Sergei Gerasimov

Born: 1885, Mozhaisk
Died: 1964, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, engraver, illustrator, teacher. Studied painting under Konstantin Korovin, Sergei Ivanov and Dmitry Scherbinovsky at the Stroganov School of Art and Industry (1901–07) and Abram Arkhipov, Sergei Ivanov and Konstantin Korovin at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1907–11) and lithography under Sergei Goloushev (1912). Fought in the First World War (1914–17). Member of Makovets (1922–25), Society of Moscow Artists (1926–29) and the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1930–32). Founding member of the Moscow branch of the Union of Artists of (1932), board chairman (1938–41, 1943–45, 1951–52) and first secretary (1958–64); political rival of the more conservative Alexander Gerasimov (no relative). Illustrated the works of Nikolai Nekrasov and Maxim Gorky (1939–54). Taught at the Ivan Sytin School of Art (1912–14), IZO Narkompros School of Printing and First Model Printing House (1918–23), VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN in Moscow (1920–29), Moscow Polygraphic Institute (1930–36), Moscow Institute of Fine Arts/Moscow Institute of Art (1936–50) and the Moscow School of Art and Industry (1950–64). Professor (1940), doctor of art history (1956). Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (from 1957), secretary of the painting section (1957–62) and member of the presidium (1957–64). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1906). Contributed to the exhibitions of Moscow Salon (1911–20), World of Art (1921), Makovets (1922–25), Society of Moscow Artists (1926–29), Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1930–32), Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris (1937, silver medal) and Expo ‘58 in Brussels (1958, gold medal). People’s Artist of the USSR (1958), posthumous winner of the Lenin Prize (1966).

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