Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva

Russia / 1871 - 1955 /
"Anna Petrovna Ostroumova-Lebedeva created numerous paintings and was know as an exceptional printmaker.

She was born in St Petersburg on May 17, 1871 into the family of a high officials. Between 1889 and 1892, Anna studied at the Stieglitz School of Technical Drawing under Vasily Mathe. In 1892, she entered the Academy of Arts, taking instructions from Ilya Repin. While in Paris, in 1898-99, she worked at the studio of the American painter James Whistler.

Also in Paris she first took up engraving. Between 1899 and 1903, she stayed in Italy. After her marriage to the chemist Sergei Lebedev in 1905, they visited France, Holland, Belgium, and Spain. Toward the close of the 1900s, she perfected her skills in the technique of the watercolor under Leon Bakst in St. Petersburg. In 1900 she first exhibited her engraving on the World of Art show. Ostroumova is still best known for her woodcuts and engravings.

The main theme of her art was St. Petersburg. Her impressions of her frequent travels abroad (Italy, France, Spain, Holland) are imprinted in interesting and striking works.

She died on May 5, 1955 in Leningrad."
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Suzan Hamer


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