(b Novgorod, 14 Aug 1875; d New York, 20 Nov 1957).
Russian graphic artist, painter and stage designer. He first studied art
from 1885 to 1887 at the School of the Society for the Encouragement of
the Arts, St Petersburg, and then enrolled in St Petersburg University
from where he graduated in Law in 1898. Unwilling to give up his early
interest in art, in 1899 he went to Munich to study under Anton Azbé and
Simon Hollósy and met there the large colony of Russian artists, including
Igor’ Grabar’. He also saw the work of German Jugendstil artists.