Alexander Benois

Born into the artistic and intellectual Benois family, prominent members of the 19th and early 20th-century Russian intelligentsia, Benois graduated from the Faculty of Law, St Petersburg Imperial University in 1894. Three years later while in Versailles, he painted a series of watercolours depicting the Last Promenades of Louis XIV. When exhibited by Pavel Tretyakov in 1897, they brought him to the attention of Sergei Diaghilev and the artist Léon Bakst. Together the three men founded the art magazine and movement The World of Art, which promoted the Aesthetic Movementand the Art Nouveau in Russia. >> Read more


The Queen of Spades
The Crimea. The Artist’s wife, Anna on the sea shore
Kopsel. The Crimea, the artist’s wife under a parasol
Kopsel. The Crimea, the artist’s wife and son, Nicola on a path