Stray Dog Cafe, Ital'yanskaya Ulitsa, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Nikolai Nikolaevich Sapunov (1880–1912) was a Russian painter. He was one of Mikahil Kuzmin's lovers.
He was born in Moscow and studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Isaac Levitan (1893–1901), and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg (1898–1901) under Kiseliov.
He painted sets for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow based on designs by Korovin (1901–1902), as well as for Moscow Art Theatre (from 1904), the sets and costumes for Meyerhold's 1906 production of Alexander Blok's The Puppet Show, and theatres of Vera Komissarzhevskaya and experimental Theatre of Alexandr Tairov. His best known paintings are still lifes with flowers and china.
In 1905, Vsevolod Meyerhold employed the three youngest painters of the Mamontov Circle, Nikolai Sapunov, Sergei Sudeikin, and Nikolai Ulyanov, to design the Povarskaya Studio productions.
At the end of his life he began a series of ironic genre pictures, which he left unfinished, as he wished to go abroad. Nikolai Sapunov drowned in a boating accident in Terioki, Finland (now Zelenogorsk) at the age of 32.
My published books:
BACK TO HOME PAGE