Alexis Arapoff

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Alexis Paul Arapoff (né Alexei Pavlovich Arapov; Russian: Алексей Павлович Арапов;[1] 6 December 1904 – 25 September 1948) was a White émigré Russian-born painter, first based in France in 1923, where he belonged to the École de Paris, and later in Boston, Massachusetts, where he relocated in 1930.[2]


Born the only son of an Orthodox noble family (Arapov) in Saint Peterburg, Russia, Alexis flew to Germany in 1917 to escape the revolution. When he came back to Russia in 1921, he was admitted to the Saratov Art Institute. In 1923, he went to Moscow, where he became a furniture designer in a workers' palace. Following this, he created suits and scenes for the "avant-garde" theater of Russian choreographer Nikolai Foregger. Later he worked for the "False Mirror Theatre" of Nikolai Evreinov, and followed the theater trip to Paris in 1925.[3]

He remained in Paris where he met Catherine Green, an American studying at the Sorbonne.[4] They married and moved to the United States in 1930. Arapoff, a Roman Catholic convert since 1934, painted religious paintings and icons.[5] He became a U.S. citizen in 1937.[6]

In 1948, Arapoff died at the Henry Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts, after a car accident in nearby Ashburnham. He was survived by his wife, their three daughters, Anne, Catherine and Mary, and three sons Peter, John and Paul. He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.[7]


Cross station[edit]

The Boston Public Library possessed six paintings of a "Cross station". These paintings were considered lost in the 1980s.[5]


  1. ^ Tolstoy, Andrei V. (1995). Они унесли с собой Россию--: русские художники-эмигранты во Франции 1920-е - 1970-е (They took Russia with them ... : Russian émigré artists in France, 1920s-1970s) (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Culture. p. 483. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  2. ^ Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950
  3. ^ Profile of Alexis Arapoff
  4. ^ René Gimpel, "Journal d'un collectionneur", 18 September 1929, p. 572, édition Hermann de 2011
  5. ^ a b Boston College University Libraries website
  6. ^ U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995
  7. ^ "Funeral Planned for Alexis Arapoff". Fitchburg Sentinel. Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 27 September 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 19 August 2017.