Natalia Iznar

Born: 1893, St Petersburg
Died: 1967, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, illustrator, teacher. Born in the family of Sergei Iznar in St Petersburg (1893). Studied at the Baron Stieglitz Central School of Technical Drawing and in the studios of Dmitry Kardovsky, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1912–17). Gave art lessons to children and teenagers. Married the well-known Russian graphic artist Nikolai Kupreyanov (1916). Moved to Moscow (1922). Helped Martiros Sarian to design sets and costumes for the Konstantin Stanislavsky Opera Studio and the Moscow Arts Theatres (from 1923). Illustrated books. Artistic editor of the Large Soviet Encyclopaedia (1934–37). Contributed to exhibitions in Moscow. Arrested as a “member of the family of a traitor” (December 1937). Sentenced by the special board of the NKVD to eight years imprisonment in corrective labour camps with a subsequent reduction of rights. Served her sentence in Dolinka of Karlag. Worked as an artist and designed the sets and costumes for theatrical performances at the Ministry of the Interior Political Department Central Club (1937–46). Released (1945). Moved to Vladimir (1946). Designed for the Vladimir Regional Theatre of Drama (from 1947). Principal designer of the Novgorod Regional Theatre of Drama (1955). Returned to Moscow (1956). Died in Moscow (1967).

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