Byom Yelyzaveta Merkuryevna, 1843 – 1914

A Russian painter, graphic artist, illustrator, aquarellist, and silhouettist. Born in St. Petersburg. She graduated from the Drawing School of  the Association for Encouraging Arts with a silver medal, where she studied under the guidance of I. Kramskoy and P. Chystyakov. In 1870, Petersburg Academy of Arts awarded the artist with a big encoura...

A Russian painter, graphic artist, illustrator, aquarellist, and silhouettist. Born in St. Petersburg. She graduated from the Drawing School of  the Association for Encouraging Arts with a silver medal, where she studied under the guidance of I. Kramskoy and P. Chystyakov. In 1870, Petersburg Academy of Arts awarded the artist with a big encouraging medal for watercolours and pencil drawings of animals. Participant of the exhibitions at the Academy of Arts and the Association of Russian Watercolorists. The works were exhibited at the exhibitions in Paris, Munich, and Milan and everywhere they were awarded medals. Starting 1875, fourteen albums with the works of the artist were issued which were popular not only in Russia but also abroad. The author of numerous silhouettes and watercolours depicting scenes of rural life and the life of children. Illustrations were of great importance in her work. She illustrated about 15 books, including works of Russian classics, folktales and children's books. Designed the books for the Publishing House of I. Sytin  and regularly worked in various magazines ("Niva", "Novoye Vremya", "Malyutka", etc.) Created more than 300 original postcard compositions. The author of beautiful works of glass in the so-called "Russian style" that was created in Dyadkivskyi Crystal Factory and received gold medals at the exhibitions in Paris and Chicago. The works are presented in the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the art museums of Saratov, Perm, etc. 

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