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Mikhail Larionov

(1881—1964)


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(b Tiraspol, 22 May 1881; d Fontenay-aux-Roses, 10 May 1964)

Russian painter and designer. He studied at the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture where in 1900 he met his future wife, the artist Goncharova. At Diaghilev's invitation he exhibited in the Union of Russian Artists section at the Salon d'Automne, Paris, in 1906 and then in 1914 settled in the city where he designed several Ballets Russes productions including Massine's Soleil de nuit (1915) and Nijinska's Renard (1922). His work was always based in popular Russian art though he was alert to contemporary trends, including the Futurists and played a strong role in guiding Diaghilev's artistic taste.


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