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Lot 142: A RUSSIAN POLITICAL DRAWING BY RAUBE-GORCHILINA, CIRCA 1920S
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MARIA RAUBE-GORCHILINA (RUSSIAN 1900-1973) NEP (New Economic Policy), circa 1920s, watercolor on paper, 16 x 11 in (40 1/2 x 28 cm), signed on verso.
Raube-Gorchilina was a Russian and Soviet Avant-garde painter and graphic artist. Studied in VHUTEMAS-VKHUTEIN under Sergei Malyutin, Vasily Yakovlev, Dmitry Kardovsky and Vadim Falileyev.She worked at home (until 1928), designed exhibition layouts and textiles (from 1928). She painted fabrics for Vsekhudozhnik at 11 Kuznetsky Most (from 1930), designed sets and costumes for the Children's Film Studios and the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions Theatre (from 1935), worked as a folklore specialist at the All-Union Exhibition of Agriculture (1939-41). She designed doors for GUM Department Store on Red Square and the ceiling of the banqueting hall of the Prague Restaurant on Arbat Square. She painted watercolour pictures (1955-57), took up monotype and abstract art (early 1960s) and felt-tip pen drawing (1972). She was popularly known as Madame and patroness of a salon for nonconformist artists in her communal apartment near Petrovka Street in Moscow (1950s-70s).