Antonina F. Sofronova, Russian (1892-1966). This artwork is a wonderful find from this well-respected Russian artist, who was not allowed to exhibit her work for years because of Russia's oppressive policy toward her artwork. (We have included a bit about this fascinating and talented artist at the end of the listing).
Country of Origin: Russia.
Media: Pencil on paper.
Size: 13" by 8 1/2", Frame measures 22" x 17".
Title: "Female Nude Study"
Signed: Bears Cyrillic monogram.
Condition: Some age toning. Otherwise Good to Very Good.
About the artist: Born in the village of Droskovo in Orlov province in 1892.In 1910, Sofronova entered the Moscow School of Art under the direction of F.Rerberg. In 1913 changed the School for I Mashkov’s studio. After 1914, she participated in the “Jack of Diamonds”, “World of Art” and “Moscow Association of Artists” exhibitions. In 1920, Sofronova was employed as a teacher at the State Free Art Studios in Tver, at the same time as Mikhail Sokolov teaching stint there. Her passion for constructivism characterized Sofronova’s work of that period. In 1922 she returned to Moscow and embarked on a large series of Contructivist drawings executed in various media. The stellar works of the artists of the exhibition in no way complied with the nascent art of the totalitarian state, socialist realism. The critics were relentless: her works were branded “formalistic”. For many years, Sofronova was not able to exhibit her works and worked only for her own satisfaction. Despite this she did not abandon her principles. She died in Moscow in1966.
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