Mikhail Matyushin

Матюшин, Михаил Васильевич

Musician, painter

Born Nizhnii Novgorod, 1861

Died Leningrad, 14 October 1934


Matyushin was the illegal son of a landlord and a servant. At the age of eight he started studying at the Nizhnii Novgorod Conservatory and in 1975 at the Moscow Conservatory. During his work as a musician in St. Petersburg he started studying art at the St. Petersburg School for the Promotion of the Arts. From 1903 to 1905 he studied at Ian Tsonglinskii's studio where he met his second wife the artist Elena Guro. Both artists became key members of the Union of The Youth movement. Matyushin also studied physiology and developed his own concepts of the connections between the visual art and music.