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 Yury Annenkov


Born:   23 July [O.S. 11 July 1889]
Deceased:   12 July 1974

Russian graphic artist and painter

      

Yury Pavlovich Annenkov was born in Pyotrpavlovsk on July 23(11), 1889. In 1894 the Annenkovs family moved to St. Petersburg.  Yury studied in the 12th Petersburg state grammar school and then was expelled for drawing political caricatures. In 1906 he went on studying in Stolbtsov's private grammar school.

In 1908 Yury Annenkov entered the law department of the Petersburg University, and at the same time was engrossed in painting.  In 1909 the beginning artist tried to enter the Academy of Arts but failed. Yet he did not give up and mastered his art skills in Ya.F. Tsionglinsky’s studio, as well as baron A.D. Shtiglits’ School for Technical Drawing.

Yury Annenkov’s long-term cooperation with the magazines Theatre and Art and Satyricon began in 1913. He created a number of illustrations, for example to Alexander Blok’s famous poem The Twelve (1918).  In addition the artist worked on stage designs in St. Petersburg theaters.

Yury Annenkov collaborated with lots of well-known stage directors of that time, among them K.S. Stanislavsky, V. E. Meyerhold, F.F. Komissarzhevsky, N. F. Baliyev, and N.V. Pyotrv. In addition to that, he was on friendly terms with the dissident writer Yevgeny Zamyatin and the artist Ilya Repin

In 1924 after Lenin’s death Yury Annenkov won competition on the leader’s portrait for Goznak state emblems and stamps. The artist painted Lenin’s portrait in oil after a sketch of 1921. 
 
Yury Annenkov was a great portraitist, who has created remarkable portraits of Anna Akhmatova, Fyodor Sologub,  Korney Chukovsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Leonid Trotsky, and Anatoly Lunacharsky. 
 
In 1924 Yury Annenkov moved to Italy and stayed in Europe. He settled down in Paris, where he worked as a scenic designer for French theaters. In addition to that the artist had his personal exhibitions, and created scenery and costumes for movies. Under the penname of Boris Temiryazev the artist published his memories about Maxim Gorky, Alexander Blok, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, etc. 
 
Yury Annenkov died in Paris on July 12, 1974.
 


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