Dmitriev Vladimir Vladimirovich
1900, Moscow – 1948, Moscow
Theatrical designer, painter. Studied under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin at Elizaveta Zvantseva’s School of Art (1916–1917) and at the same time at the Petrograd Experimental Theatrical Studio on Borodinskaya Street; under Vsevolod Meyerhold at the Stage Production Courses (1918); under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin in the Faculty of Painting, State Free Art Studios in Petrograd (1918–1921). Being a senior student, taught at the Naval Art School, Political Department of the Baltic Fleet. The Theatrical Department of Narkompros sent him to Moscow to design the production Dawns in the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet timed to the 3rd anniversary of the revolution. Lived in Moscow (from 1938). Designed for Vsevolod Meyerhold’s productions, musical theatres in Lenin – grad and Moscow (1920), Evgeny Vakhtangov Theatre and the Moscow Art Theatre (1930s). Chief designer of the Moscow Art Theatre (1941–1948).
Worked for the Sergei Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Leningrad (1945) and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (1931, 1944, 1948). Close friend of Mikhail Bulgakov. Winner of the State Prize of the USSR (1946, 1948, 1949). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1944). During his carrier, he designed over 500 productions, including Egor Bulychev and Others (Moscow, 1932; Evgeny Vakhtangov Theatre); Anna Karenina (1937), Three Sisters (1940), The Last Victim (1944, all – Moscow Art Theatre); The Queen of Spades (1931, 1944), The Power of the Fiend, The Bartered Bride (Moscow, 1948, all – State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet); The Maid of Orleans (Leningrad, 1945; Sergei Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet).