Alexandre Benois

Бенуа, Александр Николаевич

Art critic, graphic artist, designer, painter

Born Sint-Petersburg 3 May 1870

Died Paris 9 November 1960

 

 

Alexandre Benois, youngest son of the academician and architect Nikolai Benois, grew up in a very cultured family of French and Italian extraction. He attended the Karl Mai Gymnasium in St. Petersburg where he befriended his class mates Nouvel, Filosofov and Somov. Later this group of friends was joined by Diaghilev, Bakst, Nurok and Lanceray, the core of the Mir Iskusstva [World of Art] movement. After an initial study at the Academy of art, he studied Law between 1890 and 1894. In the last years of the century he traveled throughout Europe. After the revolution he became the keeper of the French and English painting of the Hermitage Museum. In 1926 he emigrated to Paris where he worked mainly as a theatrical designer and where he died.

 

1904

 

1911

 

1916

 

1918

 

1921

 

1922 - 23

 

 

1926 - 27

 

 

1928

 

1936

 

1946 - 47

 

 

1950

 

1955

 

 

1957

 

1959-60

 

 

1964 - 65

 

 

1968

 

1980

 

1986

 

1990

 

 

1993

 

1994

 

 

2001

 

2010