Boris Anrep

1883–1969

Boris Anrep, 'Nude and Ruins' 1944
Nude and Ruins 1944
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Pierre Roy, 'Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 Boulevard Arago' 1949
Pierre Roy
Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 Boulevard Arago 1949
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Boris Vasilyevich Anrep (Russian: Борис Васильевич Анреп) (27 September 1883 – 7 June 1969) was a Russian artist, active in Britain, who devoted himself to the art of mosaic.

In Britain, he is known for his monumental mosaics at the National Gallery, London, Westminster Cathedral and the Bank of England. Being close to the Bloomsbury Group, he was a noticeable figure in London social and intellectual life from 1912 up to the mid-1960s.

In Ireland, he is known for his mosaics at Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar.

In Russia, he is associated with the Silver Age of Russian Poetry as the addressee of many beautiful poems by Anna Akhmatova, including her Tale of the Black Ring. Anrep was also friendly with Nikolay Gumilyov, an outstanding poet and Akhmatova's husband, and Nikolay Nedobrovo, a talented critic, two prominent figures of the 1910s in Saint Petersburg.

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