Benois Alexander NIkolaevich

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Benois Alexander NIkolaevich

Benois, a son of the famous architect N. L. Benua, studied at the St.Petersburg Academy of Art, graduating in 1887. After that, the artist studied in private studios in Paris. Benois has become famous as an outstanding watercolorist, art historian and art critic. He was also one of the founders and an ideologist of the «World of art» art association. In 1900, the artist taught Ornament History at the college of Baron Shtiglits.
Benois is most famous for his watercolour «Versal’s» series, illustrations for the Pushkin’s poem «Copper Horseman» and many other works, in which he reproduced the style of past times. Since 1926 Benois lived in France. He founded the magazine «Art treasures of Russia» (1901–1903), cooperated with «Old Years», «Moscow Weekly Magazine» and many other magazines. Since 1907, Benois worked as a theatre painter, mainly for M.M. Fokin at the Mariinskiy Theatre in St. Petersburg, and for S.P. Dyagilev. In 1909-1911 Benois worked as an art-director of the Russian Seasons in Paris.
After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Benois headed the painting gallery of the Hermitage, and continued his work as the theatre painter and book illustrator, participating in many soviet exhibitions.
Nowadays, Benois's works are represented in museum collection such as the State Tratyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum in Russia, and in private collections abroad.

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