This is Serge Ivanoff

By Gwylym Owen

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Serge Petrovitch Ivanoff (25 December 1893, Moscow – 8 February 1983, Paris) is a Russian painter.

The son of a family of Moscovite merchants, Serge Ivanoff was artistic from a minor age. On his parents’ move to St. Petersburg he took the opportunity for other studies, and entry with Europe. In 1917, while the Russian Revolution raged, he entered what was later the Higher Arts College of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Imperial Academy of Arts (which was to become, by 1992, the I.E. Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, subordinated within the Russian Academy of Arts). In 1920, his wife, with their two children, fled the Bolsheviks to Paris. Two years later, having finished his studies and permanently marked by the horrors of the revolution, Serge allied them in Paris.

A talented portraitist, he executed the portraits of many personalities, among which were the Pope Pius XI, Serge Lifar, Yvette Chauviré, Arthur Honegger, Edwige Feuillère, Vladimir Kirillovich, Grand Duke of Russia, Princess Vassili, Aleksandr Benois, Zinaida Serebriakova, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Alexandre Barbera-Ivanoff, Paul Valéry, Jacques Fath, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jefferson Caffery. Among the lesser known, Ivanoff as a consequence painted: the sculptor François Cogné (Cogné, in French), American designer and artist Irina Belotelkin, and art supply merchant Herman Flax.

In 1950, Ivanoff moved to the United States; one year sophisticated he became an honorary citizen.[dubious ] For higher than a decade he traveled across the American continent, executing many portraits. At the stop of the 1960s, he returned to France. He was a believer of the Salon des Indépendants. In 1966, France’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs, André Malraux, awarded him a gold medal.[citation needed]

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