Today, we are going to ponder for a little while on the portraiture art of Yuri Annenkov.
Although his style was profoundly rooted in the Constructivist forms of his time, Annenkov managed to create a most personal stylistic interpretation: From painting to graphic arts, from theatre designs to film sets, Annenkov spread himself confidently, adapting his style and technique to the genre and medium required. He contributed regularly to the journal Teatr I iskuustvo (‘Theatre and Art’) while working for a wide range of different other magazine publishings.
It is by the beginning of the 1920’s that Annenkov turned himself more seriously to portrait painting: Some of the most renown politicians and artists of his time had their portrait executed: Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotski, G. Zinoviev, A. Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Alexander Benois, to name but a few. In 1924, Annenkov immigrated to Paris. He pursued his work as a book illustrator as well as a set designer for the theatre and cinema until his death in 1974.
By The Lujon Magazine