Natalia Kirsanova

Born: 1912, Vladimir

Applied artist, decorator. Born in the family of Vasily Kirsanov in the city of Vladimir (1912). Studied at Vyacheslav Rutsai’s studio in Moscow (1933–35) and under Lyudmila Mayakovskaya (elder sister of Vladimir Mayakovsky) at the Moscow Textile Institute (1935–40). Worked at the Yakov Sverdlov Textile Mill in Moscow (1940–41) and the Central Puppet Theatre in evacuation in Novosibirsk (1942?44). Designed patterns for dress fabrics and souvenir headscarves at the Red Rose Silk Combine in Moscow (1946–66) and created decorative fabrics, panels and curtains at the Combine of Applied Art of the Moscow branch of the RSFSR Art Foundation (from 1965), including the curtain of the new building of the Moscow Art Theatre at 22 Tver Boulevard in Moscow (1973). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1976). Contributed to exhibitions in Russia and abroad (from 1946), including Exhibition of Works by Artists Ekaterina Belashova, Aminadav Kanevsky, Natalia Kirsanova, Pavel Kozhin, Anatoly Kokorin and Georgy Neroda: Graphic Art, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture and Textiles at the Union of Artists in Moscow (1956) and Abstraction in Russia: XX Century at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2001–02).

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