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Vasilyeva Maria Ivanivna (Marie Vassilieff, 1884 - 1957)

An artist of Russian emigration. Painter, sculptor and master of decorative arts. Born in Smolensk. She studied at a private art school in St. Petersburg. Since 1907 she studied at the Academy of H. Matisse and attended the La Palette Academy in Paris. Exhibitor of the Autumn Salon and the Salon of the Independent. In 1910 she was one of the organizers of the Russian literary and art society in Paris. In 1912 in her studio in Montparnasse she organized a Free Academy of Arts or Academy of Maria Vasilyeva, often visited by the avant-garde artists. Since 1916 she had begun to create the grotesque doll portraits and in the 1920s she worked on the theatrical costumes and masks for the Swedish Ballet R. de Mare and the puppet theater "Rainbow". She also participated in organizing the charity balls of the Union of Russian Artists in France. Held several solo exhibitions. Participated in the exhibition of Russian art in London (1921), the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris (1925), World Congress of puppets in Chicago (1931). She was a remarkable participant of the last futurist exhibitions: "0.10" in St. Petersburg and "Magazin" in Moscow. Since 1938 she had lived in Kan-sur-Mer, France. In 1946 she was back again to Paris and during 1946 - 1957 she participated in the Salons of the Independent Artists. Since 1953 she had lived and worked in Nogent-sur-Marne, France.

Painters works:

Auction 6 Lot 81

«In the Paris Cafe», IInd quarter 20thC
paper, mixed media; 6349

Price: 45 000 - 70000 $

Auction 5 Lot 68

«Lady with a Fan», nd quarter 20thC
cardboard, oil; 4637,5

Price: 25 000 35000 $