Catalogue Raisonné vol.1

Drawing & Painting
A. Sophrony
(Sergei Sakharov)


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Archimandrite Sophrony (Sergei Sakharov) (1896-1993) has a unique place among artists. He studied and started his career as a painter in abstract and figurative fields in Russia. Later, he exhibited in the Salons of Paris. After becoming an Orthodox monk on Mount Athos, he began painting icons. Later in life he founded his own monastery in Essex, England where he developed his icon painting and created several large murals. This catalogue mainly comprises works from the last period.


Timeline of A. Sophrony’s life
Early work (1918 – 1922)
Icons, Mount Athos (1940s)
Letterblock designs (1952)
Icons, Paris (1950s)
Icons, Essex (1959 – 1988)
Refectory Mural (mid 1970s – early 1980s)
St Silouan’s Chapel Mural (1983-1988)
Early drawings (1921 – 1940s)
Drawings for icons and faces (1960 – 1988)
Drawings for parts of icons
Drawings for designs and lettering
Drawings for Refectory Mural (mid 1970s – early 1980s)
Drawings for St Silouan’s Chapel Mural (1983 – 1986)
Abbreviations of books quoted
About the author

Sister Gabriela studied iconography on the recommendation of St Sophrony before joining the monastery. She later assisted him in several artistic projects during the last years of his life. Her books are about what she learned while working with him on icons, church murals, and mosaics.

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