Pregel Olexandra Mykolayivna (nee Avksenteva), 1907 - 1984

A Russian painter, graphic artist, illustrator. Master of still lives and object compositions, until 1937 she used the pseudonyms Avxente, A. Bolotov. Born in Helsingfors, Finland. Her mother M. Avksenteva and her stepfather M. Tsetlin were the organizers of a very popular art and literary salon in Moscow, the visitors of which were V. Mayakovs...

A Russian painter, graphic artist, illustrator. Master of still lives and object compositions, until 1937 she used the pseudonyms Avxente, A. Bolotov. Born in Helsingfors, Finland. Her mother M. Avksenteva and her stepfather M. Tsetlin were the organizers of a very popular art and literary salon in Moscow, the visitors of which were V. Mayakovskyy, K. Balmont, V. Khlebnykov, M. Tsvetayeva, O. Mandelshtam, and then in Paris - N. Goncharova, O. Yakovlev, S. Sorin, G. Lukomskyy, I. Bunin, O. Kuprin, and many other prominent representatives of art and literature. Since 1919 she lived in Paris. In 1921 she entered the school-studio of V. Shuhayev and O. Yakovlev. She graduated from the Higher National School of Decorative Arts (1927), took lessons of painting from N. Goncharova; she was her favourite student. In 1932 she participated in the first group exhibition of young Parisian artists, in 1934, jointly with E. Minash, she held an exhibition in the gallery Bernheim-Jeune, in 1938 her personal exhibition at Gallery de l'Elis_e took place. She participated in the salons: Independent (1935 -1939), Autumn (1938). Almost for half a century, she was on friendly terms with N. Goncharova, who considered her a serious and talented artist, in different periods of her life she posed for portraits by L. Bakst, D. Rivera (1915 - 1916), S. Chehonin (1929), M. Larionov (1948) and others. In 1940 she moved to the United States. During 1943 - 1950 there was held a series of solo exhibitions of the artist in New York. She illustrated ТThe Song of Igor's CampaignУ translated by R. Jacobson (1948), the book by M. Tsetlin "Five and others "(1953), author of such magazine covers as "Housewarming", "Samples" and others. In 1972 in "The Russian idea" there were published memoirs called "The Unforgettable Past". Her works are kept in the collections of the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem and in the Museum of the Russian Art named after M. Tsetlina and M. Tsetlin in Ramat Gan, Israel.

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