Sofia Dymshits-Tolstaya

Born: 1889, St Petersburg
Died: 1963, Leningrad

Painter, graphic artist, poster designer. Born in the family of Isaac Dymshits St Petersburg (1889). Married Isaac Rosenfeld in Switzerland (1905). Studied under Sergei Yegorov in St Petersburg (1906–07), under Léon Bakst and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky at the Elizaveta Zvantseva School of Painting and Drawing (1909–10) and under Charles Guerin at the Académie de la Palette in Paris (1910–11). Common-law wife of Count Alexei Tolstoy (1907–14) and Vladimir Tatlin (1917–21). Member of IZO Narkompros (1918). Married Bavarian architect Hermann Pesatti (1921–39). Edited the art sections of Woman Worker and Peasant Woman (1925–35). Died in Leningrad (1963). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1912). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1912, 1913, 1915–17), Knave of Diamonds (1913) and Store (1916).

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