Tchelitchew Pavel (1898 - 1957)

Born in Moscow. In early youth made drawings influenced by the macabre Romanticism and Vrubel. Moved in 1918 after the Revolution to Kiev. Was encouraged by Alexandra Exter; attended courses at Kiev Academy and received private lessons from Tchakrigine and the painter and stage designer Rabinovitch. Painted in an abstract style. Left Russia in 1920 and spent 1921-3 in Berlin, where he had considerable success as a designer for the theatre and opera. Moved to Paris in 1923. Began to paint figures and portraits in restrained colours and with an air of reverie. Exhibited with Berman and others at the Galerie Druet, Paris, in 1926, he and his friends becoming known as Neo-Romantics; first one-man exhibition at the Claridge Gallery, London, 1928. Designed sets and costumes for Diaghilev's Ode 1928 and other ballets and plays. Settled in the USA in 1934, but continued until the outbreak of war to spend the summers in Europe. Period of metamorphic works, followed by 'interior landscapes' of the human body and finally by space compositions. Died in Rome.

Catalogues in our collection:
Tchelitchew. Catalogue of exhibition in the Gallery of Modern Art.
Pavel Tchelitchew. The Landscape of the Body.
Tchelitchew Drawings.
Tchelitchew Pavel . Exhibition catalogue.
Tchelitchew. Exhibition Catalogue 1942.