Nadezhda Lermontova

Born: 1885, St Petersburg
Died: 1921, Petrograd

Painter, graphic artist, decorator, theatrical designer, illustrator. Great-niece of Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov (1814–1841). Born in the family of Vladimir Lermontov in St Petersburg (1885). Studied at the Faculty of History and Philology of the Bestuzhev Courses in St Petersburg (1902–07), School of Drawing of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (from 1902), Dmitry Kardovsky’s studio (1905), under Léon Bakst at the Elizaveta Zvantseva School of Art (1907–10) and at the Institute of the History of the Arts in Petrograd (1918). Helped Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin to paint St Basil’s Church in Ovruch in the Ukraine (1910). Illustrated the Bohemia magazine and designed for the Puppet Theatre in Petrograd (1910s). Died at the age of thirty-six in Petrograd (1921). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1910). Contributed to the Exhibition of the Students of Léon Bakst and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky (1910), World of Art (1911, 1912, 1916, 1917), Union of Youth (1912–13), 1915 (1915), New Society of Artists (1917), Russian Landscape (1918–19), Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (1999), Portraiture in Russia: XX Century at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2001–02) and Pictures from Private Collections in Memory of Solomon Shuster (1934–1995) at the Natalia Kournikova Gallery in Moscow (2005).

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