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 Adolf Milman

Born:   1886
Deceased:   January 15, 1930

Russian artist, member of the Jack of Diamonds (Bubnovy Valet) art group.


Adolf Izrailevich Milman was born into a large Jewish family in Kishinev, where studied at a commercial school. In the early 1900s the family moved to Moscow, where Adolf Milman entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. From 1904 he attended the art studio of Ilya Mashkov, who soon became his good friend. In the same studio the young artist got friendly with Robert Falk.

From 1911 he was a member of the review board of the Jack of Diamonds art group. His works were displayed at its group expositions in 1912 — 1914. In October, 1917 Adolf Milman withdrew from the Jack of Diamonds group and joined The World of Art (Mir Iskusstva) association together with Robert Falk, Alexander Lentulov, V. Rozhdestvensky, and others.

In 1912 — 1917 Adolf Milman taught in Ilya Mashkov's private studio of painting and drawing. The artist got sick with tuberculosis and took treatment in the Crimea annually from 1914. 
In 1918 Adolf Milman took part in organizing the Fine Arts Department of Narkompros (the People's Commissariat for Education). The same year Adolf Milman moved to Kiev, where P. Chelishchev and S. Yutkevich were among his art students. 
Later he lived in the Sudak City of the Crimea. At the same time he got sick with sleeping sickness, aka von Economo's disease. His only personal exhibition took place in Feodosiya in 1920.
From 1921 the artist lived in Paris, where his paintings were repeatedly exhibited for several years (till 1924), however he stopped painting in 1922. In 1920 — 1922 the Canadian artist Edwin Holgate studied from Adolf Milman. 
The artist spent last 8 years of his life bedridden and experiencing the loss of speech power. Adolf Milman was laid to rest at the Montparnasse cemetery.

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