Nikolai Chekhov

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Nikolai Chekhov
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Born(1858-05-23)May 23, 1858
Taganrog, Russia
DiedJune 29, 1889(1889-06-29) (aged 31)

Nikolai Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Николай Павлович Чехов; May 23, 1858 – June 29, 1889) was a Russian painter and the brother of Anton Chekhov.


As a child Nikolai showed talents for art and music. He attended the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He was unable to finish his studies due to chronic alcoholism and the periods of time, often weeks, which he would spend living in the Moscow streets.[1]

Nikolai was a talented artist, and he often illustrated Anton's stories. Anton wrote to him, advising him to stay sober and to pursue writing, but to no avail.[2] He died in Luka (in Lintvarev's country estate) at the age of 31 of tuberculosis.[1] Nikolai's death influenced Anton's A Boring Story, about a man faced with his own impending death.[3]


Nikolay Chekhov's grave


  1. ^ a b Karlinsky, Simon; Heim, Michael Henry (1997). Anton Chekhov's Life and Thought. Northwestern University Press. p. 52. ISBN 0-8101-1460-7. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  2. ^ Bunin, Ivan (2007). About Chekhov: The Unfinished Symphony. Northwestern University Press. p. 15. ISBN 0-8101-2388-6. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  3. ^ Bloom, Harold (2002). Anton Chekhov. Chelsea House Publications. p. 70. ISBN 0-7910-6381-X. Retrieved 2012-04-21.