DescriptionALEXANDRA EXTER (Russian, 1884-1949)
Oil on board
21-1/4 x 16-3/4 inches (54.0 x 42.5 cm)
Signed lower right in Cyrillic
As one of the founders of Art Deco, Alexandra Exter developed her own style of art by combining her education with western avant-garde influences. She was born Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Grigorovich to a wealthy family in a part of Imperial Russia which is now Poland. Due to her family's wealth, she was able to receive an exceptional education. Exter studied several subjects including music, languages, and private drawing lessons. In 1903 she studied painting at Kieve art school. That same year she married and spent several months with her husband in Paris where she attended the Académie de la Grand Chaumière in Montparnasse. As a result of her education and travel, her style of art was a mixture of Russian, Cubism, and Futurism, as seen in this piece. Exter was a personal friend of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Gertrude Stein. She worked with influential Russian artists such as Ivan Puni and Kazimir Malevich. In 1914 she participated in the International Futurist Exhibition in Milan, and in 1915 she joined "The Supremus," an avant-garde artist's group. She and her husband emigrated to France in 1924. They settled in Paris where she became a professor at the Academie de l'Art Moderne in Paris and Fernand Léger's Académie de l'Art Contemporain. In 1933 she started creating illuminated manuscripts, and in 1936 she was in the New York exhibition of "Cubism and Abstract Art." Exter was also a stage designer and is mostly recognized for her work for Alexander Tairov's Kamerny Theatre. She died in Paris in 1949.
Estimate: $50,000 - $55,000.
Vertical cracks to board extending from bottom edge, otherwise good condition.
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