(b St Petersburg, 4 Nov 1899; d Rome, 14 Dec 1972).
Russian painter and stage designer. His family moved to Western
Europe in 1908 and his basic training was in Germany, Switzerland
and France (apart from a brief residence in St Petersburg in
1914–18, when he received lessons in art from the painter Pavel
Naumov and the architect Sergey Gruzenberg). In 1919 he enrolled at
the Académie Ranson in Paris, attending courses under Edouard
Vuillard and Maurice Denis, and two years later he exhibited at the
Galerie Druet, Paris. From the late 1930s Berman worked increasingly
in the USA, creating designs for ballet and other musical
productions, for example for the Music Festival in Hartford, CT, in
1936. In spite of his cosmopolitan background, Berman maintained
close connections with Russian artists, critics and dancers,
collaborating, for example, with Serge Lifar on the production of
Icare in Monte Carlo in 1938.
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