Sergey Yurievich Sudeikin, also known as Serge Soudeikine (1882-1946),
was a Russian artist and set-designer associated with the Ballets
Russes and the Metropolitan Opera.
Having been banned from the Moscow Art School for his "obscene
drawings", Sudeikin joined the Mir Iskusstva movement. His
close friends included the poet Mikhail Kuzmin and the impresario
Serge Diaghilev, at whose invitation he came to Paris in 1906 for
the Salon d'Automne Exhibition, where his work was first shown abroad.
In 1907-1918, he was married to actress Olga Glebova (1885-1945),
one of the famed beauties of St Petersburg and the closest friend
of Anna Akhmatova. Glebova-Sudeikina is the principal character
and addressee of Akhmatova's longest work, "The Poem Without
Sudeikin designed the sets and costumes for Diaghilev's production
of La tragédie de Salomé by Florent Schmitt in 1913,
and assisted in the execution of Nicholas Roerich's designs for
Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring the same year. By the time of the
October Revolution Sudeikin was among the foremost theatrical designers
in Russia. In 1913 he had eloped to Paris with the dancer Vera de
Bosset, whom he subsequently married, and who in the 1920s left
him to become the mistress and ultimately second wife of Stravinsky.