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Yakunchikova-Weber Maria V. (1870-1902)

MV Yakunchikova belonged to the old Moscow merchant family. In 1885, the future artist was admitted to the Moscow School of Painting, but in 1889 withdrew from it due to illness.

In the same year Yakunchikova went to France and stayed there until the end of his short life, only occasionally coming to Russia.
In Paris, she continued her studies at a private academy R. Julian, in 1894 left the academy, took the shop and started working independently, putting their works at the Paris Salon.

In the 1890s. it created a mood-painting depicting the world of the old estates, "Window to the MOREVA" (1894), "Covers", "From the window of the old house. Vvedenskoe" (both 1897).

Her name was called among the names of the best Russian artists of those years. The members of the association "World of Art" Yakunchikova invited to participate in exhibitions and in their journals. Almost half a year graced magazine issues for 1899 created Yakunchikova cover.

In addition to painting, she tried her hand at majolica and graphics. Colored etchings by the artist, similar to the style of Art Nouveau, was marked by the British magazine "The Studio", had an impact on the work of A. Ostroumova-Lebedeva .

Attracted Yakunchikova and crafts. Since 1895 she played decorative panels in a special technique that combines burning wood and oil painting. Like her closest friend E. Polenov , Yakunchikova fond of folk art, collected his samples. Folk, "the neo-Russian" theme heard in her mural "Town" (1896). Made from sketches Yakunchikova carved shelf for toys and embroidered picture "Girl and the devil" on display at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900, where they were awarded a silver medal.

These last works were performed in the workshops Abramtseva, where the artist herself led them to the manufacturer. Yakunchikova died in the town of Saint-Buzheri near Geneva exacerbated by tuberculosis. At Saint-Buzheri, the heirs of the artist, kept many of her works.

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