Aleksandr Drevin biography

Aleksandr Drevin

Painting, Visual Artist

1889 – 1938


Who was Aleksandr Drevin?

Aleksandr Davydovich Drevin was a Latvian painter.

Drevin attended art school in Riga and first came to Moscow in 1914. He studied under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. Between 1920 and 1921 he was a member of the Inkhuk but later left, together with Wassily Kandinsky, Kliunkov, and Nadezhda Udaltsova, because of the Constructivist-Productivist stylistic manifesto urging the rejection of easel painting. Drevin became a professor of painting at Vkhutemas. In 1922, he was sent to work the First Russian Art Exhibition at the Van Diemen Gallery in Berlin. He travelled across Russia, to Kazakhstan and Armenia.

Drevin often painted a "brutal primitivism", lacking any political message or any purpose at all. His paintings have been compared to those of Vlaminck. Drevin's paintings intentionally were empty of illusionism and decorativeness.

He was married to Nadezhda Udaltsova; their son was Andrey Drevin, born 1921, who became a sculptor.

Drevin was arrested by the NKVD on 17 January 1938, during the Great Purge, and executed on 26 February.


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Jul 15, 1889
Also known as
  • Древин, Александр Давыдович
Lived in
  • Livonia
Feb 26, 1938

on July 23, 2013

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