Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939) was a notable Russian artist of the impressionist, art nouveau and realism periods, and a prominent theatre designer and writer.
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Birth: Date: 5 December 1861, Place: Moscow
Death: Age: 77, Date: 11 September 1939, Place: Paris, France
Education: Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1878-1886); St Petersburg Academy for Art
At the age of fourteen, Konstantin Korovin entered the architecture department at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Quickly realising his true passion was for painting, he transferred from architecture to the painting department.
Vasily Polonov, a professor at the Moscow School, first captured Korovin’s fascination for the emerging Paris technique beginning to be known as impressionism. It was while studying with Polonov that Korovin painted Portrait of a Chorus Girl (or The First Swallow) for which he later became known as the first Russian Impressionist.
Korovin divided his time between Paris and Okhotino, north of Moscow, where his home’s glass-enclosed terrace became the artist’s studio and social salon. One of his most famous works, The Terrace captures a social moment in this room. This is one of many works in which he has suspended in time a simple scene in the company of friends.
Occupation and Remuneration
It was in the theatre that Korovin made his living. He applied his artistic talents in costume design and onto larger canvases as a stage designer at both the Moscow Bolshoi and the St Petersburg Mariinsky theatres, as well as at La Scala Opera in Milan. He was so admired for his theatre design work on ultra-large canvases that the Russian Army consulted with him during the First World War for camouflage security for their headquarters.
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