Biography and information
1887 — not earlier than 1973 (Lebanon). Painter.
A graduate of the Alexander Cadet Corps (1906) and the Nikolaev Cavalry School (1908). Captain of the Life Guard Dragoon Regiment. During the Civil War, he served in his regiment as part of the Armed Forces of Southern Russia, from February 1920 — in the 2nd regimental guards cavalry regiment in the rank of colonel.
He emigrated to Constantinople, where he began to paint professionally. From Constantinople supposedly in 1932 he moved to Palestine. He was a drawing teacher at an Orthodox boarding school in Bethany (founded in 1936 near Jerusalem), which was headed by his wife, a graduate of the Smolny Institute Ekaterina Borisovna, a native. Cherkasov (died 1972). In 1948, during the Arab-Israeli war, with a wave of Palestinian refugees, he moved to Jordan. He lived in the capital Amman, where he opened a studio and one of the first in this country began to give painting lessons, introducing his students to modern Western European art. Many famous Jordanian artists, including Mohanna Dorr, Rafik Lahham, Suha Katib Nursi, were his students. In 1968 he settled in Lebanon.
Aleev’s paintings, painted in oils and watercolors, depict landscapes and cultures of the Arab world in the Middle East. The author of the emblem (olive tree) of Birzeit University in the Palestinian Authority.
Participated in exhibitions in Jerusalem, Beirut, Amman. In 2001, the exhibition of watercolor landscapes in Jerusalem (1932−47) was held at the American University of Beirut in New York. Works are available in the Jordanian National Gallery of Fine Arts.
It was published in Russian emigre magazines dedicated to the participants of the White movement.
Bibliography: Volkov S.V. Officers of the Russian Guard. M., 2002.
Russians in Lebanon. Russian compatriots in Lebanon: Past and Present: Sat. materials / composition. S.A. Vorobiev. Beirut: Chamas Publishing House, 2010. P. 258.
Bess, Anna. Guide to the artist George Aleef // ArticleBiz.com
Glory to the Suvorov cadets, to the glorious school and to the tsar’s ulans // Military history. 1957, September (No. 26). P. 26; 1970, March (No. 103); 1972, September (No. 118).
From our correspondent from Beirut // Watch. 1958, January (No. 383/1). Pp. 22−23.
Artworks by the artist5 artworks total