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Born into a poor family in a small town, Sorine didn't attend school until he was 16. He ran away from home to Odessa, enrolled in art school, earned a Big Medal upon graduation in 1899 and moved to Saint Petersburg. There he entered the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts; his teacher was the famous painter Ilya Repin.
In 1920, when Sorin left Russia, he was already an established society portraitist.
His first shows in the 1920s were a great success in Paris and London, which brought him orders from the British Royal Family. He was known in Europe and America, and also dreamed about fame in Russia. In his will, the artist bequeathed 30 portraits of Russian writers and poets to Russian museums.
A Russian-born portrait painter, Savely Sorine studied with Ilya Repin at the Academy of Beaux Arts in Petrograd, where he won the Prix de Rome. After the Russian Revolution, he went into exile and exhibited widely including at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1922 and 1923, and at the 1923-24 International Exposition in Pittsburgh. In 1948, he painted a watercolor on paper portrait of Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen of England, which hangs in Clarence House in London.
Other portrait subjects were Pavlova, the Russian ballerina; John Ringling, circus master; and actress Lillian Gish.
In the later part of his life, he lived in New York City.
William Shawcross, The Queen Mother
Time magazine obituary, Nov. 30, 1953
Savely Abramovich Sorin (in Russian: Савелий Абрамович Сорин) (1878-1953), born in Polotsk (Vitebsk government); enrolled at the art school of Odessa in 1896 where he is pupil of Kiriak Kostandi until 1899, then continued his studies in the workshop of Repin at the Imperial Academy until 1907.
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