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FRENCH AND ENGLISH KNIGHTS.

Theatre costume sketch for Shakespeare’s “King John” drama.

Late 1920s – early 1930s

Paper, graphite pencil, watercolors, white, bronze

34х31,5 cm

  

GEORGES

POGEDAEFF

(1897-1971)

After the first painting lessons from Jan Ciągliński, Georgy Pozhedaev continued studies in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where his teachers were Alexander Arkhipov and Nikolay Kasatkin. Since 1918, he worked as a scene designer in the Moscow-based Bolshoi Theater and several Petrograd-based theaters. In 1920, he expatriated to Germany and began cooperation with different theater groups: in 1921, he prepared decorations of the Halmet screen version in Vienna, in 1922 he was the artist in the Boris Romanov’s Russian Romantic Theater in Berlin, created decorations for the Blue Bird Cabaret, and made costumes for the Prince Igor and Electra performances etc. In 1924, the personal exhibition of Pozhedaev’s theatrical work was held in the Vienna-based Neue Galerie.

In mid-1920’s, Pozhedaev moved to Paris where he decorated the Crocodile and Cleopatra and other performances for Nikolay Baliev’s Bat Cabaret Theater. In addition, Pozhedaev continued dealing with easel and book graphic works. In 1937, he gave up stagecraft. He drew Paris and Provence landscapes, still lives, created graphic portraits. He illustrated the works of Russian classical writers (N.V. Gogol, A.S. Pushkin, M.Yu. Lermontov, F.M. Dostoevsky, A.P. Chekhov; not published). In 1952, he became the Commander of the Legion of Honor.