Georgii Semenovich Vereiskii
Vereiskii, Georgii Semenovich
Born July 18 (30), 1886, in the city of Proskurov, now the city of Khmel’nitskii, Ukrainian SSR; died Dec. 18, 1962, in Leningrad. Soviet graphic artist. People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1962) and member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1949).
Vereiskii studied in St. Petersburg between 1913 and 1916 with M. V. Dobuzhinskii, B. M. Kustodiev, and A. P. Ostroumova-Lebedeva. From 1918 to 1930 he worked in the engraving section at the Hermitage. He was a master of the graphic portrait (lithographs, etchings, and drawings), which is distinguished by an accurate portrayal of the subject, emphasized by clarity of the drawing. He did several landscape and genre drawings. His works include the series of lithographs Portraits of Russian Artists (published in albums in 1922 and 1927), The Village (published in an album in 1924), and Russian Writers (published in albums in 1927 and 1929) and portraits of Soviet statesmen, pilots, workers, and cultural figures (State Prize of the USSR, 1946). He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and various medals.