Serge Sudeikin

Posted on October 11, 2010


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Artist and set designer Serge Sudeikin was born in Smolensk in 1892. He began attending the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1897, but was eventually banned for his “obscene” drawings. He flirted early with impressionism, but by 1904 he had become full-fledged symbolist and a founding member of the Blue Rose group of symbolist painters. He also became part of the World Art Group, and Diaghilev invited him to Paris as part of the Russian delegation at the Salon d’Automne Exhibition, which brought him international attention. He ended up designing sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes, for Florent Schmitt’s La Tragédie de Salomé, and helping with the design for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. He went on to design sets in the U.S. for the Metropolitan Opera as well.

When Sudeikin was married to actress Olga Glebova, the poet Mikhail Kuzmin lived with them for a time until Glebova kicked him out for having an affair with her husband. Which didn’t stop the three from collaborating. Sudeikin later married the dancer Vera de Bosset, who left him for Stravinsky.

Serge Sudeikin died in New York in 1946.

He has a page on Wikipedia, here.