Shevchenko Alexander
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   Alexander Shevchenko was born in Kharkov (Ukraine) in 1883. In 1894–1895 he took drawing and watercolour classes from N. Ulikh. In 1898 Shevchenko moved to Moscow, where he attended the Stroganov School. In 1905–1906 he went to study in Paris, where he enrolled in the Académie Julian; studied under J.-P. Laurens, and then transferred to the Académie E. Carrière.
   Shevchenko participated in the Salon des Independents in1906 and then returned to Moscow. From that time on he regularly contributed his works to art exhibitions. In 1907 he enrolled in the Moscow School of Painting, Modelling and Architecture, where he studied under K. Korovin and V. Serov. In 1910 he joined M. Larionov’s and N. Goncharova’s group and in 1911 was involved in the organisation of the ‘Donkey’s Tail’ exhibition. In 1913 Shevchenko showed his works at the ‘Mishen’ (Target) exhibition and in 1914 at the ‘No. 4’ exhibition.
   Between 1918 and 1921 he worked at the Artworks and Old Landmarks Protection Commission, headed the literary-artistic subsection of the All-Russian Collegium for Arts, taught painting at the First State Free Artistic Studios and took part in founding the Pictorial Culture Museum in Moscow and in the 12th State Exhibition ‘Colourdynamos and Tectonic Primitivism’. In 1920 Shevchenko was elected VKhUTEMAS painting professor and confirmed his tenure. In 1922 he joined the ‘Makovets’ society and contributed his works to the first exhibition of pictures ‘Art – Life’ of the Union of Artists and Poets (‘Makovets’). In 1926 Shevchenko was involved in the foundation of the ‘Painters Guild’ for the most part of his own students. From 1930 he regularly contributed his works to numerous exhibitions organised by the All-Union Society for Cultural Contacts with Foreign Countries in China (Beijing, Nanjing, Canton, Hankou and Shanghai, in Norway (Oslo and Trondheim), and Bulgaria (Sofia). In 1932 Shevchenko joined the Moscow Artists Society (OMKh). In 1932–1933 he took part in the exhibition ‘Artists of the Russian Federation over the Past 15 Years’ in Leningrad and Moscow. He died in 1948. Shevchenko’s works are kept in the State Tretiakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (Petersburg), many museums of Russian cities and towns, the Savitsky State Museum of Arts in Nukus (Uzbekistan) and other state and private collections.

 
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