Tatiana Alekseyevna Mavrina-Lebedeva
Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1902. Died in Moscow in 1996. During 1921–1929, Mavrina studied at the Higher State Art and Craft Shops (Vkhutemas from 1921 to 1926), later the Higher State Art and Craft Institute (Vkhutein from 1926 to 1930) under N.V. Sinezubov, G.V. Fyodorov and R.R. Falk, and was a member of “The Thirteen” group. Unlike other members of the group, Mavrina began to paint in a bright and open manner similar to Primitivism under the influence of old Russian and folk art. The vivid decorativeness and sharpness of her work, her ingenuous perception of the world, her ironic and artistic quality of execution was seen not only in her paintings, but also in her book illustrations (more than 200 books), posters, and theatrical and film work. The artist succeeded in creating her unique “mavrinian” style. She collected old icons and folk art, and was the only Soviet artist to be awarded the Andersen Prize for her contribution to the illustration of children’s books.
Reproduction courtesy of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Works by this artist