Vladimir Naïditch

1903 1981
(Russie) 1903 /   (France) 1981

Vladimir Naïditch was born into a well-off family. He studied drawing at the School of Applied Arts in Moscow and exhibited for the first time at the age of fourteen.

He moved to Paris around 1920 and pursued scientific studies at the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly (high school) and at the Sorbonne University. He dedicated his spare time to the visit of museums and galleries. Naïditch and his brother were partners in an alcohol distilling company, which enabled him to paint while enjoying financial stability. From 1927 to 1929, he studied at the Grande Chaumière and at the Colarossi Academy. He studied with André Lhote and befriended the Russian artists in Montparnasse: Jean Pougny, Michel Larionov, Kostia Terechkovitch, Ossip Lubitch and Lazare Volovick. He remained friend with the latter with whom he shared a studio at rue Saint-Jacques. Following a day of work, Voya, as people called him, and his friend Volovick used to stay at the terrace of the Select bar until late in the night.

From 1930 to 1938, Naïditch enjoyed a certain recognition. Following several exhibitions, baron Edmond de Rothschild took an interest in his work.

In 1940, he travelled to the United States via Cuba and settled in America. His exhibitions in New York and in Rhode Island were a success.

When he returned to Paris in 1946, Naïditch found his studio, which had been rampaged and destroyed by the Nazis.