Somov, Konstantin Andreevich
Russian, 19th – 20th century, male.
Active in France.
Born 18 November 1869, in St Petersburg; died 6 May 1939, in Paris.
Painter, illustrator. Scenes with figures, >portraits, landscapes.
The son of Andrei Somov, the senior curator at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Konstantin Andreevich Somov studied at Mai’s Gymnasium from 1879 until 1888, while attending evening classes at the school of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. From 1888 to 1897, he studied under Pavel Chistiakov, Il’ia Repin, and Vasilii Vereshchagin at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. In 1890, he toured Europe, the first of many sojourns abroad, including enrolment at the Académie Colarossi in Paris (1897 – 1899). After visiting England in 1899, he returned to St Petersburg to become a primary member of the World of Art group, contributing to all its exhibitions. In the 1900s, he became especially interested in the art of the Simplicissimus group in Munich and in 1903 was given a one-man exhibition at the Contemporary Art enterprise, St Petersburg. In 1910, he co-founded the second World of Art society and three years later received the title of academician from the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. In 1914, he helped design the murals for Evfimiia Nosova’s Moscow mansion and the following year co-founded Yuliia Sazonova’s puppet theatre in Petrograd. From 1915 to 1918, Somov taught at Elizaveta Zvantseva’s school in Petrograd and was given a one-man exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery. Accompanying the ...