Konstantin Yuon

Юон, Константин Федорович

Painter, graphic artist, designer

Born Moscow, 24 October 1875

Died Moscow, 11 April 1958


From 1892 to 1898 Yuon studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under K. Savitsky and K.Korovin were among his distinguished teachers. After graduating from the Moscow Art School he took private lessons from Valentin Serov. During several trips to Western Europe he became acquainted with the impressionists style. In 1900 he opened the first private painting and drawing school in Moscow. Later he taught in Leningrad Academy of Arts and the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. He designed sets for plays at the Moscow Art Theatre and becoming the official designer for the Malyi theatre from 1945 to 1947. In the Soviet era, Yuon was the director of the Research Institute of the Academy of Arts (19481950) and the First Secretary of the Union of Soviet Artists (19561958). He won a Stalin Prize (1943), and later received the Order of Lenin.