Alexei Vasilievich Hanzen (Ganzen) (1876 –1937), Russuan

Born in Odessa on 2nd Febryary 1876, died in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 19th November 1937. Studied at Odessa Drawing School; at Imperial Academy of Arts until 1903; in Paris and Leipzig. He was active in Odessa and St. Petersburg until 1904; mostly abroad, especially Germany during 1904-1912. Alexis Hanzen worked in Odessa in 1912-1914 and in Crimea in 1914; in Odessa in 1917-1919. Immigrated to Bulgaria around 1920, where he settled in Sofia and afterwards to the Kingdome of Yugoslavia. Began exhibiting in 1898. Exhibited with Imperial Academy of Arts; Society of Russian Watercolorists; St. Petersburg Society of Artists; Paris, Prague, Bucharest, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Zagreb. Painted battle scenes during World War I. More information about Hanzen can be found at

Alexis Hanzen traveled through Macedonia in 1924. In this period, he visited the Kingdome of Yugoslavia frequently. He made at least one work in this period: “Railway through Mountains – Shar Planina, Skopje”, sold by the auction house Bonhams, London, UK on 26-11-2007 (lot number 46).

Alexis Hanzen 1876-1947 Shara Mountain near Skopje 1924
Alexis Hanzen 1876-1947 Shara Mountain near Skopje 1924

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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