Samuel Dudin (Dudin-Marcinkiewicz)

Born: 1863, Rovnoe (Kherson Province)
Died: 1929, Ulyanovka (Leningrad Region)

Painter, graphic artist, decorator, photographer, ethnographer, explorer. Born in the family of a teacher called Martin Dudin-Marcinkiewicz in the Ukrainian village of Rovnoe in Kherson Province (1863). Exiled to Eastern Siberia for revolutionary activities (1887–91). Studied under Ilya Repin at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1891–97). Awarded the title of artist (1897) and a fellowship of the Imperial Academy of Arts in France (1898). Worked as a photographer and artist on Vasily Radlov’s expedition to Mongolia (1891), Vasily Bartold’s expedition to Turkestan (1893) and Sergei Oldenburg’s expeditions to Eastern Turkestan (1909–10) and Western China (1914–15). Member of the Artel of Russian Artists (1901–03) and the Arkhip Kuinji Society (1910s), full member of the Society for the Protection of Artists’ Families (1904–12), chairman of the Society of Mutual Aid to Russian Artists (until 1917), secretary of the Union of Plastic Artists (1917–18). Winner of the Arkhip Kuinji Prize and medallist of the spring exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1904–18). Attended the Pan-Russian Congress of Artists (1911–12). Compiled a list of Arkhip Kuinji’s paintings for a monograph on the artist (1913). Decorated the buildings of the Petrograd District Soviet of Workers and Red Army Deputies in Petrograd on the first anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution (1918). Died of heart failure in the small town of Ulyanovka in Leningrad Region (1929). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Fellowship of Artists and the Arkhip Kuinji Society (from 1900) and St Petersburg: A Portrait of the City and its Citizens at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2003).

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