Nikolai Sapunov – Russian painter
Nikolai Sapunov was a painter, one of the best set designers in the history of Russian theater. He was a member of several associations, including the Moscow Association of Artists, Scarlet and Blue Rose, World of Art. Sapunov is known for a large cycle of still lifes. Sapunov was one of the brightest and original figures in Russian art of the twentieth century.
Nikolai was born on December 17, 1880 in Moscow into a wealthy merchant family. His father died when the future artist was 12 years old.
Nikolai studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where his teachers were Korovin, Levitan, Serov.
He worked as a set designer in Moscow and St. Petersburg and gained fame after the show Puppet Show (1906, based on the works of Blok).
In 1908 Sapunov moved to St. Petersburg, hoping to cooperate with Diaghilev and the organization of an experimental Balagan Theatre in Terioki.
Sapunov died on June 14, 1912 in Terioki near St. Petersburg. Thirty-two-year old Nikolai drowned while boating. Death by water was predicted when the artist was very young.
Sapunov is an author of mosaic depicting Falcon in the attic of M.V. Sokol’s apartment in Kuznetsky Most Street.
Sapunov was the author of the blue rose on the cover of the catalog of the eponymous exhibition in Moscow in 1907, which has become a sign of the Symbolist movement in Russian art.