Lot 19: A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A YOUNG FIGURIST BY SERGEEVA, 1952
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NINA SERGEEVA (UKRAINIAN 1921-1994), Before the Tournament, 1952, oil on board, 27 1/4 x 19 1/4 in (69 x 49 cm), signed lower left, dated and titled on vesro
Nina Sergeeva studied in the Kharkov Art Institute under the tutelage of C.M. Prokhorov, N.C. Samokish. With seven years of intense training Nina was accepted into the Moscow International Art Institute (now a part of the Surikov) where she studied with Surikov, S.E. Dudnika, and Igor Grabar, who was her greatest influence and mentor. Her diploma works Young Figurists are now in the permanent collection at the Museum of Academic Arts in St. Petersburg. In 1951 Nina Sergeeva became a member of the Moscow Artists' Union and in 1954 a member of the All Soviet Artists' Union. From 1954 until 1963 she concentrated on perfecting her skills and developing her own unique style. She exhibited often during these years and won the Young Artist Award several years in a row. Nina's first opportunity to participate in a major All Soviet exhibition came in 1957 when she was invited to exhibit in the Forty Years of the Great Socialist Revolution. The painting that she exhibited Festival Song is now in the collection of the Fine Arts Museum in Arkangelsk. In 1970 she was invited to participate in the All Soviet exhibition 100 Years of V.E. Lenin.From 1974 to 1984 she was the head of the Moscow Artists Union's Committee for the Development of Art and Culture in the Provinces. While holding this position she organized and participated in numerous exhibitions in Moscow, Volgograd, Arkangelsk and many other regions of Russia. Nina was one of the few artists to be allowed to travel outside the Soviet Union during the days of Communi.