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Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky
Nationality: 
russian
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1900
Birth Place: 
Bendery (nr. Odessa) Ukraine
Death Date: 
1948
Death Place: 
Catania, Sicily
Born 21 Sept. 1900 in Bendery, near Odessa in the Ukraine, where his father was stationed as an Army officer. Left Russia for Germany in 1920 and by 1923 had become part of the Russian emigré community in Paris working with Leon Bakst and Simon Lissim among others. In 1924 began to design for the movies, beginning with Jean Epstein's Le Lion des Mogols. In 1930 began work with Russian Opera in Paris, continuing at same time to work with movies as well as the Russian Ballets of Diaghilev and their successors (Monte Carlo, Olga Spessivtzeva, Bronislava Nijinska, etc.). Designed sets and costumes for Debussy's Pelléas and Melisande at Covent Garden for coronation of George VI in 1937. Refused by the French army in 1939, he moved to Italy with his Italian wife. Died of illness in Catania, Sicily on Feb. 3, 1948. (Information supplied by artist's grandson René Clémenti-Bilinsky March 2000. with translation of his introduction to the exhibition catalogue: Boris Bilinsky/ Dessins pour le ballet, le théâtre et l'opéra, 1927-1947, Paris, Mairie du 7e Arrondissement, 13-19 September 1999; See artist file.)