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Zernova, Ekaterina Sergeevna
Зернова, Екатерина Сергеевна

Zernova, Ekaterina Sergeevna
Зернова, Екатерина Сергеевна
Born in the Russian Empire, 1900; died 1995 in Moscow

From 1915 to 1918, Ekaterina Zernova studied in Moscow at the private art school of the master painter Fedor Ivanovich Rerberg. She continued her studies at GSKhM (State Free Artistic Studios) / Vkhutemas (Russian State Art and Technical School) and graduated in 1924. She was a prominent artist with OSt (Society of Easel Painters) and after the society was terminated, she became a member of IzoBrigada (Art Brigade), formed in 1931 to advance 'political realism' in art. IzoBrigada was dissolved in 1932.

After the Second World War, Zernova worked as a designer for film and theater and she taught at the Moscow Textile Institute. Starting in the 1950s, she began working in the genre of monumental art. She is the author of the autobiography, “Memoirs of a Monumentalist” (1985). Zernova was made an Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1974) and she was a member of the board of the Union of Artists of the USSR.


Sources & Citations

Bown, M. C. (1991). Art under Stalin. Oxford: Phaidon.
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Soviet-art.ru
Swanson, V. G. (2001). Soviet impressionism. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club.