Biographies Russian Writers Maximilian Voloshin

Maximilian Voloshin

Born: 1877, Kiev
Died: 1932, Koktebel

Poet, artist, translator, critic. Born in Kiev (1877) in the family of Alexander Kirienko-Voloshin (1838–1881) and Helene Glaser (1850–1923). Studied law at Moscow University (1895–99). Lived in Paris (1899–1907, 1913–16), where he studied museology at the École du Louvre and art under Filippo Colarossi, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Théophile Steinlen and Elizaveta Kruglikova. Published A Bloody Week in St Petersburg: An Eye-Witness’s Account in Paris after witnessing Bloody Sunday (1905). Befriended Sergei Gorodetsky, Mikhail Kuzmin, Alexei Remizov, Fyodor Sologub and Kornei Chukovsky in St Petersburg. Contributed to Libra, Summit and Golden Fleece. Worked for Apollo (1909). Published a book of poems (1910) and a collection of articles on contemporary Russian and French writers (1914). Took up painting (1913) and contributed to the World of Art exhibitions (1916, 1917, 1924). Lived at the House of the Poet in the Crimean resort of Koktebel (from 1917). Died in Koktebel and buried on Mount Kuchuk-Enyshar (1932).

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