This is Elena Gorokhova

By Gwylym Owen

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Elena Konstantinovna Gorokhova (Russian: Еле́на Константи́новна Горо́хова; 19 February 1933 – 15 January 2014) was a Russian painter, living and on the go in Saint Petersburg, regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad School of Painting.

Elena Gorokhova was born 19 February 1933 in Leningrad. In 1951 she graduated from Secondary Art School under the Academy of Arts and united the painting department of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin. She studied as soon as Vladimir Gorb and Semion Abugov.

In 1957 Gorokhova graduated from the Leningrad Institute in Joseph Serebriany’s personal art studio. Her graduation put-on was a painting named An Alarm Bell.

Elena Gorokhova has participated in art exhibitions previously 1958. She paints genre and decorative compositions, landscapes, and yet lifes. She works in the technique of oil painting, tempera painting, and watercolors. She has been a devotee of Saint Petersburg Union of Artists in the past 1960 (before 1992 it was the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation) .

Themes and characters of Gorokhova’s works often inspired motifs of folklore scenes of Russian folk tales and legends. Her images are filled subsequent to allegory and symbolism. She prefers decorative painting taking into consideration a distinct silhouette, local color, symbolic composition, while maintaining constructive role of drawing. The color is decorative and “flat”, often next a predominance of cool green and blue tones that permeate and combine scenic fabric and amplifying fantastic, sometimes mystical hermetic of painting.

Among Elena Gorokhova’s major art works are the once paintings: “Girlfriends” (1958),“Hoarfrost” and “Farewell” (both 1960),“Bread store’s woman seller” (1961),“Winter in Pereslavl-Zalessky” (1961), “Still life” (1965), “Linda” (1973), “For the water” (1975),“The day after a Snowfall”, “Ballerina”, “Fox” (all 1975), “White Horse” and “Fire-bird’s feather” (both 1979), “Debut” (1980), “Oven” (1988), and others.

Paintings by Elena Gorokhova reside in art museums and private collections in Russia, France, Germany, USA, England and other countries.

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