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Bebutov Elena (1892-1970)

E.M.Bebutova came from a noble family. Her childhood was surrounded by intellectual atmosphere that respects the traditions of Russian and Armenian culture. Art education has received in the Drawing School of the Society for Encouragement of Arts (1907-1914). Among her teachers were Ya.F.Tsiongliynsky, N. Roerich , I.Ya.Bilibin . Of all the arts groups and trends of Russian art at the time the closest Bebutov were artists "World of Art" and "Blue Rose", especially creativity PVKuznetsov .

In 1918 Bebutov met with PV Kuznetsov in the Commission for the protection of works of art and antiquities, where she worked as a secretary, and soon married him. Together they lived for nearly 50 years.

Since the beginning of his creative life Bebutov fond of the theater and from 1916 worked as an assistant decorator at the Moscow Art Theatre. During the 1920s it has been issued a number of performances in the theater THEO Narkompros theater VE Meyerhold, she collaborated with the theater "Romanesco" theater-studio "classic slapstick."

In the exhibitions Bebutov began participating in 1913. Her paintings show a confident professional excellence, combining elements of cubism in them with expression. The painting "Circus" (1922, private collection, Moscow) consists of a semi-circular and angular shapes, different in size and shape is set off by people pas foreground. The composition is dynamic not only because of a sharp movement of the characters, but also the characterization of the space. The restrained color scheme is based on earth tones, but something - which uses cold spots, and the shape highlighted with black outline. The voltage and power inherent in the other works of the artist. The influence of Cubism art is felt in the painting "Still Life. Glass "(1923, RM).

In subsequent years, she moved away from the futuristic design and applied to the picturesque decision. Her work has evolved, changing not without the influence of PV Kuznetsov. The artist moved on to the more saturated color and a loose organization of space. After the exhibition, PV Kuznetsova and Bebutov in Moscow in May 1923, by the decision of the People's Commissar of Education AV Lunacharsky, they were sent to the exhibition in Berlin, then in Paris (exhibition opened in November in the gallery Barbazanzh). Artists were there for more than six months. They visited museums, exhibitions, artists' studios, a lot has made an impression on them, especially the visit to a Derain and exhibition of Negro art .. During his stay in Paris Bebutov engaged in private art studios.

Returning home, she participated in various exhibitions. Bebutov was a member of the society "Four Arts" at the exhibitions which exposed her works. Her paintings were shown in Moscow, Leningrad and other cities of the country, in the expositions of Russian art abroad: in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya (Japan), New York, Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago (USA); Vienna (Austria), Berlin (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway). The works were exhibited at the Bebutov anniversary exhibition "Artists of the RSFSR for 15 years" in 1932 in Leningrad, in 1933 - in Moscow, as well as exhibitions of Moscow painters.

His creativity Bebutov deliberately limited, considering the most important art of the spouse PV Kuznetsova, she tried to remain in the shadow of her husband. However Bebutov was an artist who has his vision, his attitude to the environment, and she was able to pass it in his works.

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