10 Facts About Aleksandr Benois


Aleksandr Benois's father was Nicholas Benois, a noted Russian architect.

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Aleksandr Benois's brothers included Albert, a painter, and Leon, a notable architect.

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Three years later while in Versailles, Aleksandr Benois painted a series of watercolors depicting Last Promenades of Louis XIV.

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Aleksandr Benois wrote and published several monographs on 19th-century Russian art and Tsarskoye Selo.

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In 1903, Aleksandr Benois printed his illustrations to Pushkin's poem The Bronze Horseman, a work since recognized as one of the landmarks in the genre.

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In 1901, Aleksandr Benois was appointed scenic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the performance space for the Imperial Russian Ballet.

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Aleksandr Benois moved to Paris in 1905 and thereafter devoted most of his time to stage design and decor.

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Aleksandr Benois worked primarily as a set designer after settling in France.

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Aleksandr Benois's presence was positively remembered in the artistic circles with several mentions by artist like Mstislav Dobuzhinsky.

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Aleksandr Benois was a model painted by Leon Bakst, Valentin Serov, Zinaida Serebriakova, and others.

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