Lappo-Danilevsky Alexander Alexandrovich
1898, St Petersburg – 1920, Petrograd
Graphic artist. Born to a family of the prominent historian Alexander Lappo-Danilevsky (1863– 1919). Studied at the L. D. Leontovskaya Gymnasium (1909–1917); Yakov Chakhrov’s studio (1911–1913); Mikhail Bernstein’s studio (1913– 1917) and in the Faculty of History and Philology, St Petersburg University (1917). Started working at the Studio of Young Artists, Academy of Arts (autumn 1917). In March 1918, admitted to the State Free Art Studios, studio of Kuzma Petrov- Vodkin, whose student he remained until his death. In 1917, he married the artist Benita von Essen (1893–1974), also a student of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. Contributed to exhibitions (from 1917). Member of Young Art (1917), Community of Artists (1917–1920). Held solo exhibitions: Studio of Young Artists (Academy of Arts, 1918); in the halls of the Academy of Arts (1920, posthumous); in the halls of the Community of Artists (1928, posthumous).
He was engaged in book and magazine graphic art, collaborated with the magazine Flame. Won the first prize in the contest of the Theatrical Design Section, IZO Narkompros, for designing Konstantin Lyandau’s play How the Gardener Married the Princess and Punished Bad Ministers (summer 1918). Designed Eugen d’Albert’s opera Tiefland for the Musical Drama Theatre (1919). In winter 1919, made sets and costume designs for William Shakespeare’s Henry IV for the Hermitage Theatre (never produced). The main legacy of Lappo is comprised of drawings and watercolors created during his trips across the country: Bakhchisarai (summer 1917), Veliky Ustyug (1918) and south of the country (1919): Odessa, Kherson, Skadovsk, Urazovo. While traveling, he was infected with typhus and died in Petrograd on 19 January 1920.