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Sergei Sudeikin was a Russian stage designer and painter. He attended the School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Moscow from 1897 to 1909, studying mainly under Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov, and although he painted a few Impressionist landscapes, his first major artistic concern was with Symbolism, as in his paintings of the first decade of the 20th century such as Pastorale (1905) and Love (1907). After taking part in the exhibition Crimson Rose in Saratov in 1904, he became a founder-member of the 'Blue Rose' group of Symbolist painters, who paid homage to the painting of Viktor Borisov-Musatov, and he developed their mystical motifs and contributed to their exhibition in 1907.
Sudeikin was also in contact with the World of Art group, and, on the invitation of Serge Diaghilev he travelled to Paris in 1906 with the Russian section of the Salon d’Automne, a connection that anticipated his work as a painter for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes - he went on to design the production of La Tragédie de Salomé in 1913. By 1908 Sudeikin had become interested in a more primitivist, stylised conception of painting that depended on evocations of 19th-century aristocratic and mercantile Russia, as in Promenade at Shrovetide (1910), a choice of theme that brought him considerable popularity among the nouveaux riches of Moscow and St Petersburg.