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 Gleb Alexander Ilyin  (1889 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: California/Colorado / Russian Federation/Japan      Known for: portrait and landscape painting

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Gleb Alexander Ilyin
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Portrait of the Artist's Wife and Son, circa 1920
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Born in Kazan, Russia into an aristocratic family on June 4, 1889. Gleb's father, a judge in the Kazan courts, encouraged his art studies at an early age. As was the Russian custom, both he and his brother Peter were given their father's first name as their middle names. In 1911 he graduated from the Kazan Government Art School after four years of art training under Nicolai Fechin and studied for six more years at the Imperial Academy of Art at St Petersburg under Repin and Makowsky. As members of the aristocracy, the Ilyins were forced to leave Russia due to the Revolution. Having painted portraits of several Japanese officers during WWI, letters of introduction were given to Gleb, making their move to Toyko an easy one. He stayed in Tokyo until 1923 and then joined his brother in San Francisco. In 1930 Gleb was brought to national attention with his portrait of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. He was a resident of Colorado for a short time in the mid-1940s. His last years were spent at his home on the Russian River in northern California. He died in San Francisco on Oct. 14, 1968. Member: Bohemian Club; Carmel AA. Exh: Beaux Arts Club (SF), 1926; Bohemian Club, 1926; Oakland Art Gallery, 1928, 1937; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Mills College, 1933; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1936; CPLH, 1945. In: Bohemian Club; Athletic Club (Oakland); Denver Museum; Oakland Museum.
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Art Research, 20 volumes; California State Library (Sacramento); Art Digest, 4-1-1937.
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Gleb Ilyin, best known for his portraiture, was born in 1889 in Kazan, Russia. His father was a judge in the Kazan courts and both he and his wife encouraged their sons art education. Gleb and his older brother Peter were both interested in drawing at a young age. After high school Gleb enrolled in the Kazan Government Art School where he studied portraiture under Nicolai Fechin. Although Glebs father wanted him to study law he could not deny the success his son had in art school. After four years in art school Gleb graduated with honors from the Kazan Government Art School in 1911. He went on to study at the Imperial Academy of Art at St. Petersburg as a pupil of Vladmir Makovowsky. He continued his course of study there for the next six years.

During the Russian Revolution Gleb and Peter fled to Tokyo, Japan, where Gleb made contacts by painting Japanese officers. He left Tokyo in 1923 to join his brother in San Francisco, California.

In the 1930s he exhibited his portraits throughout San Francisco at the Bohemian Club (1929-1937), the San Francisco Art Association (1927), and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (1932, 1934). He became well known for painting the portrait of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. He spent his later years in Northern California on the Russian River. Gleb Ilyin died in San Francisco in 1968.

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