Mikael Arutchian

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Mikael Aveti Arutchian (Russian: Арутчян Михаил Аветович, July 6, 1897 - June 9, 1961), was a Soviet Armenian theatrical painter and designer, People's artist of Armenia (1958). He is one of the founders of Armenian theatral-decorative art.

Arutchian was born in Shusha. He graduated in Saratov (1920–23) and Paris (1924-25). He designed more than a hundred theatrical productions including "Revolt" (1928), "In circle" (1930), "Figaro's marriage" (1933), "Othello" (1940) - at Sundukyan theatre of Yerevan (he was the chief painter from 1928 to 1939); "Pikovaya dama" (1956) - at Yerevan theatre of opera and ballet (he was the chief designer in 1939-49).

He also worked as a book illustrator and wallpaper designer. He died in Moscow.

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