Russian Art Nouveau sketch for the newspaper “Russkoe Iskusstvo”
Author: Sergey Chekhonin
Signed and dated: Sergey Chekhonin, 1923
Measurements: 35 x 27 cm
Hand painted, watercolor, ink, graphite on paper
The condition is good
On the back: brand from a private collection
Sergey Chekhonin / Serge Chekhonine, (1878-1936) Russian, French painter, graphic artist, set designer, illustrator, ceramist
Sergey Vasil’evich Tchehonine (1878 – February 23, 1936) was a Russian graphic artist, portrait painter, ceramist and illustrator
Along with Narbut and Vasili Mitrokhin, Chekhonin belongs to the second generation of the World of Art, the so-called artists who entered the union in the 1910s Widely known as a graphic artist and creator of the so-called propaganda porcelain, he illustrated many Soviet publications and is even managed to invent a new type of multicolored printing on completely original fabric. His works can be found in many museums in the USSR and his artistic legacy is rather vatiegated.
Sergey Chekhonin was the son of a railway engineer who worked at Nicholas Railroad At the age of fifteen he had to start earning a living He worked as a clerk, draftsman and cashier at the shipping station In 1896 he arrived in Petrograd, where he studied at the School of drawing of the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts until 1897 and at the Tenishev School until 1900, being for some time a pupil of Ilya Repin, member of the “World of Art” association. In addition, Cechonin studied art thoroughly of ceramics and began his career as a ceramic artist, having to take part in the decoration of many large buildings at the beginning of the 20th century, such as the “Metropol” hotel in Moscow.
Shortly after the Russian revolution of 1905, with which he flirted, although his radicalism was very superficial, he turned to graphic design.He first worked as a cartoonist in a satirical magazine between 1905-2006, and then began to illustrating books, an activity that has brought him considerable success. In the 1910s he was considered one of those artists whose work defined the high level of Russian book art. His life became even more intense after the events of the February Revolution of 1917. He was then engaged in social activities, worked as the artistic director of the state porcelain factory in Leningrad in 1918-1923 and again in 1925-1927.
In 1928 Cechonin left the Soviet Union and emigrated to Paris. There he worked in the field of art industry and scenography. He also lived in Germany, worked in theaters and devoted himself to porcelain painting and book design, preferring them to decorative multicolored printing fabric painting He died at the age of fifty-eight on February 23, 1936 in the city of Loerrach, Germany