Born in Wenden, Liefland province (now Cesis, Latvia) in 1889. Executed by shooting in 1938. While studying at the Nautical School in Riga, Drevin was arrested for participating in the revolutionary events of 1905–1907. Later, he entered the Riga City Art School. His early works gravitated towards Impressionism. From 1914, he lived in Moscow where he saw the latest in French art in the collection of S.I. Shchukin. Drevin took part in exhibitions, and in 1915–1917 became a member of “The Jack of Diamonds” group. After the revolution, he worked in the newly established Soviet art institutions: he worked at the Fine Arts Department of the People’s Commissariat of Education, he taught at the Higher State Art and Craft Shops and Higher State Art and Craft Institute (Vkhutemas/Vkhutein), and he headed the Museum of Paintings in 1920. The character of his works changed at this time: his paintings became more emotional, and were created with broad dynamic strokes. The end of the 1920s to the beginning of the 1930s was a time of frequent travels to the Urals, Altai, Kazakhstan and Armenia, which the artist undertook with his wife Nadezhda Udaltsova. By the beginning of the 1930s, Drevin’s style had been subjected to sharp criticism. He was removed from his teaching job, and in 1938 was arrested and executed by shooting. Drevin had a strong influence on both his contemporaries, as well as the artists of future generations.

Valley of the Charysh River - 1930, oil on canvas, State Art Museum of Altayskiy Region
Gazelles - 1930 - 1931, oil on canvas, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Outskirts - 1931, oil on canvas, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
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