Happened with the well-known aristocratic family. He was born in France. In 1895 his family moved to Russia in 1912 he graduated from the 2nd St. Petersburg gymnasium, after which he went to Paris where he attended the académie Ranson and met with M. Denis and Henri Matisse. In 1913 he entered the historical-philological faculty of St. Petersburg University. During his studies he met the future art historian Sergei Ernst, who to the end remained his best friend. The inner circle of the master consisted of artists society "World of art". Along with studying at the University was engaged in the Drawing school OPKh. Where she drew the attention of the Director of the school N. Roerich. In 1915-1917 he worked as an assistant curator of the Museum of the society. During the revolution he was assisted by A. Benoit, sheltering in his apartment. In 1917 participated in the Central exhibitions "World of art", "Russian landscape", 1st State free exhibition of works of art, exhibitions of book sign in Petrograd, and Kazan and the Russian art Exhibition in America. He exhibited still lifes, sketches of scenery and compositions, inspired by the theatre. Performed bookplates, and designed books for publishing "Akvilon". In 1918 – 1925 he worked as a Junior curator of the Hermitage in the Department of porcelain and jewelry. In 1925, under the guise of illness, he went to Paris. All subsequent years was mostly pastels, and gouache small-format paintings of flowers, still lifes, landscapes of France, Italy, especially Venice, scenes from the life of the theatre and circus. In the late 1920's worked on designs for the French fashion houses Patou, Ricci, Lanvin and Lelong. Since the mid-1930s, the main attention is assigned to work in the theater, with great success continued in scenography tradition, members of the "World of art". Collaborated with well-known choreographers, has created a large number of sets for European Opera houses. In the 1950s – 1970s represented the paintings and theatre sketches in solo and group exhibitions. Are in the National Museum of modern art and the Opera Museum in Paris, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Victoria and albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum in new York. Presented more than 50 works to the Hermitage.