100 artworks of Alexandre Benois 23.05.2013 - 21.07.2013
Alexandre Benois (1870-1960) is the founder of artistic movement 'Mir Iskusstva', passionate critic, historian and art-enthusiast, he also worked in museum, was a decorator, director and librettist, editor and author of articles, monographs and his own memoirs. But somehow throughout this endless list of occupations his achievements as an artist are underestimated.
100 artworks is a very figurative number. Benois painted every day as a consequence of his cultural habits. This number was chosen to develop the main idea of the exhibition — to introduce Benois as a skillful artist, craftsman of the brush.
His diaries of the period from 1925 to 1950 were also presented. They consist of 106 copybooks and are a historical discovery themselves. His judgments are incredibly interesting, his thoughtful and intellectual mind witnessed and estimated cultural and historical events of quarter of the century.
Curator Natalia Kournikova
Translated by Polina Vologdina
Eastern facade of the Grand Palace (Coat-of-Arms Pavilion). Peterhof. After 1941
Paper, pencil, watercolor, whitewash, 46.5 x 57.2. Collection Andrey Cheglakov. Earlier collection of the artist's family
View of a in Cassis, 1929
Paper, tempera, gouache, 54,4 x 47,6
Set design for P. Valerie's and A. Honegger's pantomime-melodrama "Amphion". Grand Opera, Paris. I. Rubinstein dance troupe, 1931
Paper, pastel, whitewash, gouache, 45.5 x 59.5. Private collection
Paper, watercolor, ink, pencil, whitewash, 32 x 47. Collection of Maxim Boxer
Cardboard, watercolor, whitewash, ink, 58 x 44,5
Letter " У". Illustration Design for "Alphabet in pictures by Alexandre Benois" (St. Petersburg: the Expedition of Storing State Papers, 1905)
Paper, ink, whitewash, collage, 39.5 x 32.5 (clear). Collection of Konstantin Ernst
Landlords's morning. Illustration for "Pictures on Russian History" (M.: Knebel, 1912 No. 41), 1909
Paper, watercolor, pencil, whitewash, 66,3 x 87. Private collection
Feeding the Fish. From the "Last walks of Louis XIV" series , 1897
Cardboard, charcoal, pencil, gouache, 47 x 62,8. Private collection. The work was presented by the author to Konstantin Somov
Swan-Princess. Set design for N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera "The Legend of Tsar Saltan". Grand Opera, Paris. I. Rubinstein dance troupe, 1928