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Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1898-09-21 - 1957-07-31

Russian-born painter, set designer, and costume designer, Pavel Tchelitchew emigrated in 1920. He lived in Berlin (1921-23) and Paris (1923-34) before moving to New York, where he lived with his partner Charles Henri Ford. He became a United States citizen in 1952 and died in Grottaferrata, Italy in 1957.

Tchelitchew's early painting was abstract in style, described as Constructivist and Futurist and influenced by his study with Aleksandra Ekster in Kiev. After emigrating to Paris he became associated with the Neoromanticism movement. He continuously experimented with new styles, eventually incorporating multiple perspectives and elements of surrealism and fantasy into his painting. As a set and costume designer, he collaborated with Serge Diaghliev and George Balanchine, among others.

In Paris Tchelitchew became acquainted with Gertrude Stein and, through her, the Sitwell and Gorer families. He and Edith Sitwell had a long-standing close friendship and they corresponded frequently.

Among Tchelitchew's well-known paintings are portraits of Natalia Glasko, Edith Sitwell and Gertrude Stein and the works Phenomena (1936-1938) and Cache Cache (1940-1942). He designed sets for Ode (Paris, 1928), L'Errante (Paris, 1933), Nobilissima Visione (London, 1938) and Ondine (Paris, 1939), among other productions.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

George Platt Lynes scrapbooks

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 139
Overview: Two scrapbooks, with loose pages and items, containing clippings, original photographic prints (by Lynes and others, including PAJAMA and Brassai), postcards, and reproductions of artworks. These volumes document Lynes's focus on photographic design elements and his developing aesthetic in his early years. Among the subjects represented are: Royal families; athletes; popular musical and film performers (with numerous images of Johnny Weismuller and Marlene Dietrich); nude models; Pavel...
Dates: circa 1900-1955

Glenway Wescott papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 134
Overview: The Glenway Wescott Papers consist of correspondence, journals, notebooks, manuscripts, personal and financial papers, research files,photographs, graphic items, clippings, objects, and audiotapes. The material documents Wescott's life, work, and personal relationships with many noted artists, writers, and performers of the 20th century including his long-time companion, Monroe Wheeler, many of whose papers are included here.Series I, Correspondence, consists of six subseries:...
Dates: 1900-1990

Monroe Wheeler papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 136
Overview: The Monroe Wheeler Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts,personal and financial papers, photographs, graphic items, clippings, and objects which document Wheeler's life and work, principally at the Museum of Modern Art.Series I, Correspondence, contains letters found in Monroe Wheeler's archive following the processing of the Glenway Wescott Papers (YCAL MSS 134), which holds the majority of letters to and from Wheeler. Series II. Writings, gathers together material from different...
Dates: 1890-1995