Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky

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Nikolay Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky (Russian: Никола́й Петро́вич Богда́нов-Бе́льский; 1868–1945); Russian painter.

Bogdanov-Belsky was born in the village of Shitiki in Smolensk Governorate in 1868. He studied art at the Semyon Rachinsky fine art school, icon-painting at the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra in 1883, modern painting at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, 1884-1889, and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, 1894-1895. He worked and studied in private studios in Paris in the late 1890s.

Bogdanov-Belsky was active in St. Petersburg. After 1921, he lived and worked exclusively in Riga, Latvia. He became a member of several prominent societies in including the Peredvizhniki from 1895, and the Arkhip Kuindzhi Society from 1909 (of which he was a founding member and chairman from 1913 to 1918).

Bogdanov-Belsky painted mostly genre paintings, especially of the education of peasant children, portraits, and impressionistic landscapes studies. He became pedagogue and academician in 1903. He was an active Member of the Academy of Arts in 1914. Bogdanov-Belsky died in 1945 in Berlin.

He was a member of the Russian Fraternitas Arctica in Riga.

Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky graduated from Petersburg Academy of Arts where he studied with J. Repin.

In 1921 Bogdanov-Belsky emigrated from Russia to Latvia and remained here for 23 years. For his significant contribution to the culture of Latvia, in 1936 the artist was decorated with the Order of the Three Stars. In 1944 Bogdanov and his wife emigrated to Germany where he died in Berlin in 1945. Many of his paintings and archive documents remain in Germany and this legacy is looked after by the artist’s descendents. (
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