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Who is Maria Zubreeva?

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By Gwylym Owen

Maria Abramovna (Avraamovna) Zubreeva (Russian: Мари́я Абра́мовна Зубре́ева; August 21, 1900, village Korukovka, the Chernigov Governorate, Ukraine, Russian Empire – October 8, 1991, Saint Petersburg, USSR) was a Soviet realist painter, watercolorist, graphic artist, and designer, who lived and worked in Leningrad. She was regarded as one of the representatives of the Leningrad teacher of painting.

Zubreeva was born August 21, 1900 in the village Korukovka of the Chernigov Governorate, located in the historical Left-bank Ukraine region of the Russian Empire.

In 1923, Zubreeva entered at the first course of the Leningrad Vkhutein (The Leningrad Higher Institute of Industrial Art, today the Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy, before 1918 known as the High Art School under Imperial Academy of Arts; since 1944 known as the Repin Institute of Arts), where she studied below Vladimir Konashevich and Dmitry Mitrokhin. In 1927 she graduated from the Leningrad Vkhutein. Her graduation comport yourself was to design the book A Week, by Yuri Libedinsky.

Starting in 1928 Zubreeva participated in art exhibitions. She painted landscapes, portraits, still lifes, genre scenes, worked in watercolors, tempera, and monumental painting. She was best known for her watercolor portraits of contemporaries. In 1932 Zubreeva was admitted to the Leningrad Union of Soviet Artists (since 1992 known as the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists).

In 1930-1950s Zubreeva together with husband artiste Sergei Zakharov worked frequently in Tajikistan, where she expected the interiors of public buildings.

Personal exhibitions of works of Zubreeva were in Leningrad (1951, 1980, 1984), in Saint-Petersburg (1996), and in Moscow (1961, 1965).

Maria Zubreeva died upon October 8, 1991 in Saint Petersburg. Her paintings reside in the State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, and in museums and private collections in Russia, Italy, France, England and other countries.

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