Alexander Hausch

Born: 1873, St Petersburg
Died: 1947, Simferopole
Art Nouveau

Painter, graphic artist, teacher. Born to German merchant Viktor Karl Theodor Hausch (1845–1929) and Baroness Mathilde Amalie Luise von Hauff (1846–1907) in St Petersburg (1873). Studied at the Reformed Church School in St Petersburg (1885–89), School of Drawing of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1889), under Pavel Chistyakov (until 1893), under Arkhip Kuinji and Alexander Kiselyov at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1893–99) and for two months at the Académie Julian in Paris (1895). Awarded the title of artist (1899). Married Lyubov Milioti. Founding member of the New Society of Artists (1903, secretary) and the New Fellowship of Artists (1914), member of the World of Art (1916), Kyriakos Kostandi Art Society (1927), Vsekhudozhnik (1931) and the Crimean branch of the Union of Artists (1941). Wrote a textbook called Drawings of Russian Artists with Estonian artist Nikolai Root (1904). Visited Spain (1906) and taught at the Sukhareva School of the Female Patriotic Society (1907). Curator of the Museum of Old Petersburg (1907–20). Collaborated with Alexander Benois on the layout of the Historical Exhibition of Architecture at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1911). Visited Great Britain (1911–12) and taught at the School of Folk Art/Technical College of Arts and Crafts (1912–24). Hosted Pyotr Sazonov and Yulia Slonimskaya’s Puppet Theatre in his mansion at 74 English Embankment (1916), helped to found the Petrograd City Museum (1918) and the Guignol Theatre (renamed the Petrushka Theatre) at the Leningrad Theatre of the Young Viewer (1924). Moved to the Crimea (1924) and taught at a school of drawing in Sebastopole (1924–28), Odessa Institute of Art (1928–34, professor from 1928) and Odessa School of Art (1934–38). Lived in Yalta (1939–43), deported to Austria during the Second World War (1943). Returned to the Crimea (1946) and died in Simferopole (1947). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1896). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (from 1897), Imperial Academy of Arts (1900–03), New Society of Artists (1904, 1905, 1907), Fellowship of South Russian Artists (1904, 1905, 1907, 1909–15, 1922), Leonardo da Vinci Society (1906), Union of Russian Artists (1906, 1907, 1910), Wreath (1908), In the World of Art in Kiev, Odessa and Kharkiv (1908–09), Wreath-Stephanos (1909), Sergei Makovsky Salon (1909), Vladimir Izdebsky Salons (1909–11), VII Exhibition of Art Works in Ekaterinoslav (1910), Exhibition of Art and Industry in Odessa (1910), Union of Youth (1910), World of Art (1911–13, 1915–18, 1922), Fellowship of Independents (1916), First State Free Exhibition of Works of Art (1919), Die erste russische Kunstausstellung at the Galerie van Diemen in Berlin (1922), Exhibition of Pictures of Petrograd Artists of All Directions at the Academy of Arts in Petrograd (1923), Kyriakos Kostandi Art Society in Odessa (1925–29), Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis (1904, bronze medal), Exposition Universelle et Internationale in Brussels (1910), Esposizione Internazionale in Rome (1911), Venice Biennale (1914), Baltiska utställningen in Malmö (1914), exhibitions of Russian art in Vienna (1908), Paris (1910) and New York (1924) and one-man shows in Petrograd/St Petersburg (1916, 1992).

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