Benois Albert Nikolaevich, 1852 – 1936

A Russian painter, aquarellist, and architect. Born in St. Petersburg in the family of the academician of architecture M. Benois, the elder brother of O. Benois. During 1871 - 1877 he studied at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and simultaneously was engaged in watercolour painting under the guidance of Professor L. Premazzi. In the years of stud...

A Russian painter, aquarellist, and architect. Born in St. Petersburg in the family of the academician of architecture M. Benois, the elder brother of O. Benois. During 1871 - 1877 he studied at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and simultaneously was engaged in watercolour painting under the guidance of Professor L. Premazzi. In the years of study, he received some silver and two gold medals for his watercolours and architectural designs. He graduated from the Academy having received the title of an artist-architect of the 1st degree and the right to get pensioner's grant to study abroad. Visited Italy, France and Spain. Participated in the exhibitions since 1874. He taught watercolour painting at the Academy of Arts (1885 – 1894) and was the academician since 1894. Founder, Chairman and permanent exponent of the Association of Russian Watercolorists (1887). Was the first curator of the State Russian Museum (since 1895), and since 1897the inspector for Arts Division of the Department of Trade and Manufacturing. Held his solo exhibitions in St. Petersburg (1903, 1909 and 1915) and Kyiv (1904, 1909). In 1920 he participated in the northern expedition of Petrograd Geological Institute, which resulted in an exhibition of watercolours (76 works), depicting the coast of the Barents Sea and the Novaya Zemlya. In1924he moved to Paris where he held three solo exhibitions (1928 - 1930). Participated in the exhibitions of Russian art in Belgrade (1930) and Paris (1932). Played a significant role in the development of watercolour painting in Russia. The works are presented in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Museum of Russian Art, in the majority of the art museums of Russia, museums of Paris, Belgrade, and others.

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