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Boris Grigoriev Painting Restoration.
Cubo-Futurism, Émigré Art, World of Art 1886-1939, Oil on Canvas, 34" X 23".
Painter, graphic artist, writer, teacher. Studied under Dmitry Scherbinsky and Abram Arkhipov at the Stroganov School of Art and Industry in Moscow (1903-07), under Alexander Kiselyov and Dmitry Kardovsky at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg (1907-12) and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris (1912-13). Member of Nikolai Kulbin's Triangle group (from 1909) and the World of Art (1914-18). Collaborated with such magazines as Satiricon, New Satiricon and Apollo (from 1911). Visited Norway, Sweden and Austria (1909-11). Painted portraits of leading Russian artists, writers and directors (1914-18), decorated the Halt of Comedians cabaret bar in St Petersburg (1916). Worked on the Raseya cycle, depicting the poverty and strength of the Russian peasantry and village life (1916-19). Taught at the State Free Art Studios (1918-19). Emigrated via Finland to Berlin (1919), where he worked for Russian book and magazine publishers. Lived in Paris (from 1921), where he painted portraits of the actors of the Moscow Arts Theatre and the Visages du Monde (Faces of the World) cycle for the League of Nations (1920-31). Frequently visited the United States (1920s-30s), drawing for fashion magazines and advertising companies. Settled at the Villa Borisella in Cagnes-sur-Mer (1927). Travelled across South America (1929, 1936). Taught at the Chilean Academy of Arts in Santiago (1927-28) and Tatyana Sukhotina-Tolstaya's Académie Russe in Paris (1930).
Illustrated works of Russian literature (early 1930s) and opened a school of art in Cagnes-sur-Mer (1931). Faculty dean of the Applied Arts Academy in New York (1935-38). Returned to France (1938). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1908). Contributed to the exhibitions of Triangle-Impressionists (1909), Fellowship of Independents (1912, 1913), Modern Art (1913), World of Art (1913, 1915-18), Russian Landscapes (1918-19), First State Free Exhibition of Works of Art (1919), Berlin Sezession (1919-20), Exposition des artistes russes à Paris en 1921 organisée par les membres et exposants de la Société Mir isskousstva (Monde artiste) at the Salon d'Automne and Galerie de la Boétie in Paris (1921), international exhibitions in Leipzig (1914), Venice (1920, 1926), Paris (1922, 1923, 1930, 1931), New York (1923), Pittsburgh (1925, 1927), Antwerp (1931) and Chicago (1932, 1934, 1938) and the exhibitions of Russian art in London (1921), Paris (1921, 1925, 1927, 1932), Chicago (1923), New York (1924), Amsterdam (1924), Dresden (1926), Brussels (1928), Birmingham (1928), Washington (1928, 1932), Copenhagen (1929), Belgrade (1930), Wilmington (1932), Philadelphia (1932) and Prague (1932, 1935). One-man shows in Berlin (1920), Paris (1921, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1937), New York (1923, 1924, 1925, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938), Worcester (1923, 1924), Milan (1926), Prague (1926, 1932), Chicago and Philadelphia (1927), Valparaiso and Santiago (1928), Buenos Aires and Montevideo (1929), Cagnes-sur-Mer (1940, 1978), Miami (1960), Pskov (1989) and Moscow (1990).
Boris Grigoriev was one of the best known Russian painters of the first half of the twentieth century. Born in 1886, he studied painting in St Petersburg before travelling to Paris. In France, he was particularly influenced by the work of Paul Cézanne. After the Bolshevik revolution, he left Russia and started wandering around the world, never coming to rest before his death. He spent time notably in Finland, Germany, France, the United States and South America.
Grigoriev is known for his representations of Russian culture at the beginning of the twentieth century. The portraits featured in the exhibition depict the famous men of his time as well as miserable peasants in the Russian countryside before the rise of Communism.
Painting Restoration Details:
The heavy smoke buildup was carefully removed followed by removal of yellowed varnish. Notice how the original colors have been revealed. Finally a protective sophisticated varnish was applied after minor in-painting to cover some areas that had missing pigments.