Anna Kagan

Born: 1902, Vitebsk Province
Died: 1974, Leningrad

Painter, graphic artist, applied artist. Born Chaya Nathanson in Vitebsk Province in the family of Abel Nathanson (1902). Studied under Kazimir Malevich at the Vitebsk School of Art (1919–22). Member of UNOVIS (1920). Travelled to Petrograd with Vera Yermolaeva, Georgy Noskov and Mikhail Veksler (1922). Practical student of the architectural department of the Institute of Artistic Culture (1924), where she helped sculptor Vladimir Pavlov to cast plaster architectons (1925). Painted Neo-Suprematist works (1928–30) and decorated ceramics (late 1920s–early 1930s). Subsequently ignored all official exhibitions and worked as a graphic and textile designer. Died in Leningrad (1974). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1920). Contributed to the UNOVIS exhibitions in Vitebsk (1920, 1921) and Moscow (1920–22), Die erste russische Kunstausstellung in the Galerie Van Diemen at 21 Unter den Linden in Berlin (1922) and Exhibition of Pictures of Petrograd Artists of All Directions at the Academy of Arts in Petrograd (1923).

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