Aleksandr Drevin

Latvian 🇱🇻 1889 - 1938

Aleksandr Drevin, born Aleksandrs Rūdolfs Drēviņš on July 3, 1889, in Cēsis, Latvia, was a Latvian-Russian painter known for his avant-garde works and contributions to the Soviet art scene. Initially influenced by impressionist painting, Drevin’s style evolved over time, embracing constructivism and abstract art. He was a significant figure in the “Green Flower” association of avant-garde artists and was married to Nadezhda Udaltsova, who was also an artist. Drevin’s life was tragically cut short when he was arrested and executed in 1938 during the Great Purge, but his legacy as an artist continues to be celebrated.

Drevin was arrested on political charges and executed in 1938, a victim of the Great Purge. His son, Andrey Drevin, became a notable sculptor.