Alexander Yakovlevich Golovin (February 17 (March 1), 1863, Moscow — April 17, 1930, Detskoye Selo) was a Russian Soviet artist, set designer, decorator, people's artist of the Republic (1928), full member of the Academy of arts (1912). I was born and raised in a family that loved theater, music, and literature. Since childhood, he discovered an absolute ear for music, seriously engaged in playing the piano and singing. His passion for the visual arts appeared later, only in high school. In the future, musicality and musical education will have a very serious impact on the artistic works of Golovin, whose paintings were expressively described by his contemporaries as"music for the eyes". He received his secondary education at the Polivanov gymnasium. In 1882-1889, he studied at the Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture, first at the architectural Department (3 years), then at the painting Department, in the classes of I. M. Pryanishnikov, V. E. Makovsky and V. D. Polenov. 1889-attended the colarossi Academy and the Vitti school-Studio (1897) in Paris. In the 1890s, he participated in the activities of the Abramtsevo circle, where he worked with majolica and wood. Until 1901, he lived in Moscow, then in St. Petersburg and Tsarskoye (Detsky) Selo. At the invitation of the Manager of the Moscow office of the Imperial theaters, V. A. telyakovsky, from 1900 he began to paint sets for performances of the Imperial theaters, first in Moscow, then in St. Petersburg. An active member of the Mir iskusstva Association, an interior and furniture designer, together with K. A. Korovin (they were friends), took part in the design of the Russian pavilion at the world exhibition in Paris in 1900 and the Metropol hotel in Moscow (majolica frieze) in 1900-03. Since 1912-full member of the Academy of arts. Since 1928-people's artist of the Republic. He was buried at the Novodevichy cemetery (Saint Petersburg).