Who is Varvara Bubnova?

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Varvara Bubnova (17 May 1886 – 28 March 1983) was a Russian painter, graphic artist (master of lithography) and pedagogue.

She was born in St. Petersburg into the relatives of Dmitry Kapitonovich Bubnov (?–1914), a bank clerk of degrade rank.

Her mother Anna Nikolaevna (maiden state Wolfe) (1854–1940) descended from an passй noble Russian intimates and was distantly related to Alexander Pushkin.

From 1903 to 1905, Bubnova studied in the studio of Art Promotion Society. From 1907 until 1914 she studied in the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. She attended assistant professor with the soon-to-be well-known Pavel Filonov and her future husband Voldemārs Matvejs, who was the first Russian literary of African Art.

In 1910 she became a aficionada of the Youth Union and participated in art exhibitions next Mayakovsky, Burlyuk, Larionov, Goncharova, and Malevich.

From 1917 until 1922. Bubnova lived in Moscow and worked for the Institute of Artistic Culture afterward among others Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Falk, Lyubov Popova, Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Rodchenko. In November 1920 she formed the Working Group of Objective Analysis taking into consideration the last three. This was set in the works in challenger to what they regarded as Kandinsky’s individualistic psychologism. In 1923, she moved to Japan where she lived until 1958. During her epoch there, Bubnova was mainly painting water-colours and lithographs. She had a significantly large impact on Japanese Arts and was awarded the Japanese Order of the Precious Crown by the Japanese Emperor.

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