Ivan LEBEDEV / Jean LEBEDEFF (1884-1972): Man portrait, charcoal and pastel drawing, signed, 1915



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Ivan LEBEDEV / Jean LEBEDEFF (1884-1972) : Man's portrait (probably a Russian artist from the 'Ecole de Paris' in Montparnasse). Charcoal and pastel drawing on grey paper. Signed upper left 'Jean Lebedeff', situated 'Paris' and dated '1915'. Newly framed under glass with silvered wood frame.


Plate : 32,5 x 24,5 cm - 12 3/4 x 9 5/8 in
Frame : 42 x 35 cm - 16 1/2 x 13 3/3 in

Proveniance : From the Atelier' sale in Nîmes May, 19th 2017.


BENEZIT: Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. Paris. Gründ. 1999. Vol.8, page 375 s.n. LEBEDEFF Jean

Jean LEBEDEFF (1884-1972) Ivan Konstantinovitch LEBEDEV /aka JEAN LÉBÉDEFF (in French) (1884-1972) :

Russian-French painter, illustrator and printmaker born in Bogorodsk, a suburb pf Nizhny Novgorod (today Gorki) the 25 of November 1884. He died in Nîmes, south of France on the 21st September 1972.
In 1907 he graduated from the School of river traffic in Nizhny Novgorod. In 1909 he emigrated for political reasons, was in Belgium, then moved to Paris. Made friends with the artists of Montparnasse (Picabia, Maïakovski, Ravel, Pierre Mac Orlan, Éric Satie, Blaise Cendrars, Soutine, Modigliani, André Salmon), also the atelier of Henri Matisse at Issy-les-Moulineaux and the house of Anatole France in Bois de Boulogne. He was a frequent visitor to the artistic cafe "Caméléon".
Began his studies under Fernand Cormon at the Ecole Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1909 and became a noted graphic designer and book illustrator in Paris between the wars, acclaimed for his wood-cuts.
Became interested in engraving, studied vintage collection of the National Library. Naturalized French, Ivan Lebedev became Jean Lebedeff in Paris, a gravure specialist whose long and colorful career included etchings, sketches and thousands of commercial illustrations for literary works, many of them Russian, for the best Paris publishers.
Before World War I was the representative of the intermediary between the Russian artists and the Salon des Independants, helped the Russians to participate in the Exhibition.
A well-known anarchist, his work was exhibited at the 1926 International Exhibition of Revolutionary Art of the West in Moscow; his work would later be featured in the 1979 retrospective "Paris Moscou 1900-1930" at the Centre Georges Pompidou.
Lebedeff’s large, multi-genre artistic legacy, now spread around various museums, speaks to a remarkable life in art – as does his friendship with the greats of his time (including Modigliani and Diego Rivera); his wartime civic courage (hiding numerous Jewish and anarchist friends in the attic of his studio in Fontenay-sous-Bois, and using his artistic talents to forge new identity papers for them); and his various prestigious awards (including “Meilleur artisan de France,” 1932).

Jean-Paul DUBRAY: L’Ymaigier Jean Lébédeff. Nombreuses compositions originales dessinées et gravées sur bois et catalogue complet de l'œuvre de l'artiste. Préface de Pierre Champion. Paris. Chez l'auteur. 1939.
Tristan REMY: Jean Lébédeff faiseur d’images. Nancy. Association française des collectionneurs d’ex-libris (AFCEL). 1951 (avec 35 bois originaux de J. Lébédeff).
MAGUELONE (Marie-Claire BLANC): Jean Lébédeff, créateur d’images (Préface de Jean-Claude Marcadé). Nîmes. Aux folies de l’Ymagier, Imp. Bené. 1984.
GURYANOV, Aleksandr: A Mixture of France and Nizhny. 2016.


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