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GOLOVIN Alexander Yakovlevich

February 17, 1863 (Moscow) — April 17, 1930 (Detskoye Selo, near Leningrad)

Painter, graphic artist, scene-designer, master of decorative and applied arts

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GOLOVIN Alexander Yakovlevich

February 17, 1863 (Moscow) — April 17, 1930 (Detskoye Selo, near Leningrad)

Painter, graphic artist, scene-designer, master of decorative and applied arts

Golovin was born to a family of priest. In 1872–1879 he studied at the Katkovsky lyceum in Moscow, where he received his primary art education under I. D. Neradovsky. In 1881 he entered Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (MUZhVZ), where he initially studied architecture, then in 1883 — painting. He studied under I. M. Pryanishnikov, V. E. Makovsky, E. S. Sorokin, P. S. Sorokin, and V. D. Polenov. Since 1884 Golovin attended Polenov Drawing evenings. In 1887–1888 he was awarded two small silver medals for his sketch and drawing from nature. In 1889 he was awarded large silver medal for the painting The Descent from the Cross. He graduated from the Academy with the title of the artist. In 1880s Golovin became friends with S. I. Mamontov and artists of the Abramtsevo circle.

In 1889 Golovin lived in Paris, attended the Academy Colarossi, where he studied under Jacques-Émile Blanche and J. Simon. In early 1890s he was engaged in furniture design. In 1893 Golovin exposed his works at the exhibitions of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (TPKhV, 1893, 1895), Moscow Association of Artists (1893, 1901–1902), and Moscow Society of Art Lovers (1894–1898).

In 1890s Golovin travelled to Italy and France. In 1987 he studied at the Vitti Academy under R. Collin and O. Merson. In 1898 he studied technique of ceramics in Spain.

In late 1890s Golovin worked at the Mamontov pottery factory Abramtsevo in Moscow. Majolica vases and dishes were produced at the factory according to Golovin’s sketches. In 1900–1903 he created the majolica frieze Seasons and several decorative panels on mythological plots (Cleopatra, Worship to Nature, Worship to Deity, Naiad bathing, Thirst) for the front of the Hotel Metropol in Moscow.

In 1898 Golovin together with E. D. Polenova designed the Russian Dining Room for the mansion of V. V. and M. F. Yakunchikovs in Nara near Moscow. In 1898–1900 he took part in design of the Russian Empire pavilion at Paris World Fair together with K. A. Korovin, M. F. Yakunchikova and E. D. Polenova. Golovin was awarded gold and silver medals for his works in ceramics.


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