David Kakabadze

Kakabadze, David Nestorovich


Born Aug. 8 (20), 1889, in the village of Kukhi, in present-day Tsulukidze Raion, Georgian SSR; died May 10, 1952, in Tbilisi. Soviet painter.

Kakabadze studied in St. Petersburg from 1910 to 1915 under L. E. Dmitriev-Kavkazskii. He lived in France from 1919 to 1927; from 1928 to 1948 he taught in the Tbilisi Academy of Arts, becoming a professor in 1934. Kakabadze’s works, noted for their ornamentation, are characterized by harmonious combinations of clearly delineated color planes, severity, and precision of design. His works include Self Portrait With Pomegranates (1913); Imeretia Still Life (1918) and Rion Hydroelectric Power Plant (1934), both in the Art Museum of the Georgian SSR, Tbilisi; and the series Svanetiia (pencil and gouache, 1939). Kakabadze also designed theatrical sets and costumes.


Alibegashvili, G. D. Kakabadze. Tbilisi, 1958.
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Following World War I, the Georgian avant-gardist, theoretician, and inventor David Kakabadze (1889-1952) was one of the first among a group of artists to position Georgian art within the global modernist movement.
Between 1917 and 1920, some two hundred lectures were given in Tbilisi by Ilia Zdanevich, Kruchenykh, Igor Terentyev, David Kakabadze, and other local artists.
No less important--indeed, especially worthy of attention for the often high quality of their work and because of what they reveal of the Societe Anonyme's broad sweep--are those who for various reasons have generally escaped detection through the narrow lens of conventional modernist historiography: Richard Boix, Adolf Erbsloh, Lawren Stewart Harris, Finnur Jonsson, David Kakabadze, Walmar Shwab, and a host of female artists whom the exhibition demonstrates are worthy of renewed attention, including Marthe Donas, Alice Halicka, Angelika Hoerle, Ragnhild Keyser, Erika Giovanna Klien, Helene Perdriat, and Suzanne Phocas.