Tamara Zubkova

Born: 1917, Deryagino (Vladimir Province)
Died: 1973, Deryagino (Vladimir Province)

Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, applied artist, restorer. Born in the family of Ivan Zubkov (1883–1938), one of the founders of the Palekh school of varnished miniature painting, in the village of Deryagino in Vladimir Province (1917). Studied under her father (late 1920s), Palekh Professional and Technical School (early 1930s) and at the Palekh School of Art (1933–38). Transferred Palekh miniature painting onto porcelain at the Red Porcelainist Factory in the town of Chudovo in Leningrad (now Novgorod) Region (1939–40). Worked at the Fellowship of Palekh Artists/Palekh Studios of Art and Industry (from 1940). Member of the Union of Artists (1944). Designed the sets for performances of Alexei Andreyev’s ballet The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights (1949) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Kaschei the Immortal (1950) at the Maly Theatre in Leningrad. Restored the Lacquer Study at Monplaisir in Peterhof (1955–59). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1956), winner of the Ilya Repin Prize (1970). Died and buried in the village of Deryagino in Vladimir Province (1973). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1941), including Fairytales in Russia at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2000).

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