b. 1884 in St. Petersburg
d. 1962 in Kyiv
Vadym Meller began his education as a law student at Kyiv University, later to study painting and drawing under Franz Roubaud and Heinrich Knirr, and at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Meller published caricatures in the newspaper Kievskaia mysl’ (Kyiv Thought), and after the revolution, worked on scenography. He collaborated with Bronislava Njinska, producing costume designs for her ballets, and later designed sets, becoming a leader within the Constructivism movement within Ukrainian theatre design. In 1925 he was the first artist to be awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris.
Praying Woman (sketch for painting), 1912-14
Pencil on paper
5″ x 5″