Nina Khlebnikova

Nina Khlebnikova (died 1942): Russian graphic artist, poetess. Created silhouette portraits of Russian writers and artists. Researched the life and work of poet Sergei Yesenin. Died in the Siege of Leningrad.
Born: Unknown
Died: 1942, Leningrad

Graphic artist, poetess. Born in the family of Victor Khlebnikov. Created a series of silhouettes of writers (1920s–30s) and abstract linocuts with direct quotations of Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist compositions (1931). Began work on a series of silhouette portraits of Russian avant-garde artists at the suggestion of Nikolai Punin (1932, whereabouts unknown). Researched the life and work of poet Sergei Yesenin (1895–1925), compiling 125 Thoughts of Sergei Yesenin: Aphorisms from Yesenin’s Works (1928) and sending copies of the poet’s manuscripts to his widow Sofia Tolstaya (1940). Died in the Siege of Leningrad (1942). Contributed to exhibitions, including Abstraction in Russia: XX Century at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2001–02).

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