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L'Ecole de Paris / Marevna (Maria Vorobieff) (Russian, 1892-1984) Saint Luke the Evangelist

The women of Montparnasse
Lot 25
(Maria Vorobieff) (Russian, 1892-1984)
Saint Luke the Evangelist
28 June 2022, 14:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£20,000 - £30,000

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Marevna (Maria Vorobieff) (Russian, 1892-1984)

Saint Luke the Evangelist
signed in Latin (lower left)
watercolour on paper
193.5 x 86.5cm (76 3/16 x 34 1/16in).


Bonhams, London, The Russian Sale, 7 June 2010, lot 96
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Marevna was the daughter of a Jewish actress, Maria Rosanovitch and Alexandre Vorobieff. When she was two years old, she was adopted by the Polish Catholic aristocrat Bronislav Stebelski. In 1907, she took classes at the Tiflis junior high school in Georgia and in 1910, she left for Moscow where she attended the School of Decorative Arts. From 1910, she travelled in Europe and met the writer Maxim Gorky, who encouraged her to paint. She arrived in Paris in 1912 and attended the Zuloaga Academy, the Colarossi Academy in 1913 and the Russian Academy where Chana Orloff, Jacques Lipchitz, and Ossip Zadkine were already studying.

In 1919, she met the Mexican painter Diego Rivera, with whom she had a daughter. Between 1923 and 1926, she designed woven textiles inspired by Georgian themes for Paul Poiret. Following several solo exhibitions, the art dealer Léonce Rosenberg bought some of her paintings. During World War II, Marevna took refuge in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Beaucaire, and Cagnes in the south of France. In 1949, she settled in London with her daughter and returned to Paris in 1960.

We are grateful to Nadine Nieszawer for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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