Alex Gard

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Alex Gard (June 17, 1898 in Kazan, Russia – June 1, 1948 in New York, USA), born Alexey Kremkoff (or Alexeï Kremkov) (Russian: Алексей Кремков) was a cartoonist.

Biography[edit]

Alexey Kremkov graduated from a Naval School in Saint Petersburg.[1]

During World War I, he served in Russian Army on a destroyer.[2]

After the Bolshevik Revolution, he left Russia for France (he traveled to France for a long time, through other countries: Japan, China, Egypt and finally Europe) and drew cartoons for Le Matin in Paris.

He came to America in 1925.[1]

He contributed weekly drawings to the drama section of The New York Herald Tribune, and was hired to create caricatures of Broadway and other celebrities at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City.

Restaurant owner, Vincent Sardi, and Gard drew up a contract which stated Gard would produce caricatures in exchange for one meal per day at the restaurant.

Gard continued to draw caricatures in exchange for meals until his death, ultimately creating over 700 pictures.

Today, the caricatures are housed in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

During World War II Gard served in the United States Navy as a subaltern officer.[3]

Gard, who lived on East 72nd Street in New York City (in another listing it states that he resided at 167 East Eighty-second Street[4] ), collapsed on the street and died as he was being transported to Roosevelt Hospital in 1948.

A memorial service was held for Alex Gard (Kremkoff) at 8:00 pm, at the Russian Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour which was on 121st Street and Madison Avenue. There was a funeral mass the next day 10:00 am Saturday morning. Burial took place at Arlington National Cemetery.[4]

Collection[edit]

His collection includes about 700 drawings, which are portraits of famous figures of culture: Nikita Balieff, Australian actress Judith Anderson, singer and pianist Yvonne Arnaud, actress Bobbe Arnst, creator of the jazz band Paul Ash, American actress Edith Atwater, American actress and singer Pearl Bailey, actor Ted Healy, actor Richard Boleslavsky, ballerina Irina Baronova, ballet dancers Leon Danielian, David Lichine, Tatiana Riabouchinska, the producer Winthrop Ames, actor Leslie Howard, actress Josephine Hull, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Edward Robinson, Actress and theater producer Katharine Cornell etc.

Now this collection is in the New York Public Library.

Books[edit]

Gard created several books of caricatures: Ballet Laughs (New York: The Greystone Press, 1941); Sailors in Boots (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1943); Getting Salty (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944); Sick Bay (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1945); More Ballet Laughs (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1946) and Stars Off Gard (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1947).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ГАРД Алекс (наст. Кремков Алексей)". Искусство и архитектура Русского зарубежья. Dmitry Likhchev fund. 
  2. ^ "Alexis Krenkoff Gard". FindAGrave. 
  3. ^ Nikita Kuznetsov. Русский флот на чужбине. p. 41. 
  4. ^ a b "Arlington Cemetery Listing