VISUAL ARTS

NEW EXHIBITION   JUNE 1 - AUGUST 30 , 2019 

 LIFE AND WORKS of

GEORGES A. POGEDAIEFF  

Painter, theatre designer, illustrator, graphic artist

 

Georges A.de Pogedaïeff (Grigori de Pojidaïeff) by his birth name) was born in Yalta on the Black Sea in 1894. Born into a family of Russian nobility, he was educated at the Cadet Corps of Odessa, but, on leaving this prestigious institution, he devoted himself to an artistic career continuing his studies at the School of sculpture, painting and architecture of Moscow. Two years later, he was already receiving his first commissions for designing sets  and  costumes from Moscow theater.

By 1920 he found himself an exile of the Russian Revolution. continuing his work in the theatre and in  film throughout Europe. He moved to Paris in 1925.  Passionate reader, he   became known as a magnificent illustrator. His drawings for the Apocalypse of St. John (4 vols., 1947-1950), for Saint Agnes Paul Claudel (1947) brought him the gratitude and friendship, among others, the President of the French Republic Vincent Auriol who named Pogedaieff to the Legion d'Honneur (1954).  Pogédaïeff died in his house in Provence (Ménerbes) on August 3, 1971 at the age of 77 years. His artistic heritage is large and varied.

 

Georges de Pogedaïeff was a "complete" artist. We find his name in the world of theaters and art galleries in Bessarabia and Romania, Russian ballets, cabarets of Berlin and Vienna of the 1920s, film studios, theaters and art galleries in Paris, bibliophile editions and in prestigious auctions in London, New York, Moscow and Paris. His production is extravagant: several hundred painted works, at least 26 series of illustrations for books, hundreds of drawings for the theater and cabarets, and at least a hundred portraits drawn.  This artists has earned his rightful place as one of the outstanding and influential artists of the 20th century.

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