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By Vasil Nikolov
Copyright © 2017 by Vasil Nikolov
Aleksandr Yakovlevich Golovin (1863 –1930) was a Russian artist and stage designer. He designed productions for Sergei Diaghilev, Constantin Stanislavski, and Vsevolod Meyerhold.
Born at Moscow, Golovin initially studied architecture, later switching to painting. He also attended the Academie Colarossi. Due to financial difficulties, upon graduation he worked as an interior painter and decorator. He also tried his hand at various artistic fields such as furniture design. In 1900 he took part in designing the Russian Empire pavilion at the Paris World's Fair together with his friend K.A. Korovin.
In 1901 he moved to the Saint Petersburg region from Moscow. It was here that he came into his own as a stage designer, combining symbolism and modernism on operatic and dramatic productions for Diaghilev, Meyerhold and others. After the Revolution of 1917, Golovin found work in theatre less and less often, and so delved into painting and graphic illustration.
Golovin provided the set design for the 1910 original production of Stravinsky's The Firebird ballet.