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Magda Nachman

An Artist in Exile

Lina Bernstein (author)

ISBN: 9781644692684

Publication Date: Jun 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

The political and social turmoil of the twentieth century took Magda Nachman from a privileged childhood in St. Petersburg to a refugee existence during the Russian Civil War, then with her husband to the hardships of émigré Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s, and finally to Bombay, where she established herself as an important artist.
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The political and social turmoil of the twentieth century took Magda Nachman from a privileged childhood in St. Petersburg at the close of the nineteenth century, artistic studies with Léon Bakst and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin at the Zvantseva Art Academy, and participation in the dynamic symbolist/modernist artistic ferment in pre-Revolutionary Russia to a refugee existence in the Russian countryside during the Russian Civil War followed by marriage to a prominent Indian nationalist, then with her husband to the hardships of émigré Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s, and finally to Bombay, where she established herself as an important artist and a mentor to a new generation of modern Indian artists.

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The story of Magda Nachman is engaging, in parts sad too, but Lina Bernstein keeps the energy up and writing style lively like a fun, adventure story. That is what is so unique about this biography published by Academic Studies Press. … Holding a 276 paged (hence, hefty too) biography written by a real teacher and researcher, shows serious and sincere work. An inspiring read."
–Ashish Mohan Khokar, Narthaki
Illustrations 46 illustrations
Pages 296
Dimensions 234 x 156
Date Published 30 Jun 2020
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Series Modern Biographies
Subject/s History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -   Art styles not defined by date   Individual artists, art monographs   Biography & True Stories   History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900  
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface<
  • 1. The Great Little Lady of the Bombay Art World
  • 2. In Magda's Footsteps
  • 3. Once There Was and Once There Was Not
  • 4. The School and the Teacher
  • 5. The Constellation Leo
    6. Koktebel
  • 7. The Revolutions of 1917 and Their Aftermath
  • 8. The People's Theater at Ust'-Dolyssy
  • 9. The Noskov Affair
  • 10. M. P. T. Acharya
  • 11. Exeunt Stage Left
  • 12. The Emigrants
  • 13. Bombay
  • 14. A Case of Identity
  • 15. In Quest of Magda's Paintings
  • 16. A Kindred Spirit
  • 17. In Memoriam
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Dr. Lina Bernstein taught Russian and comparative literature at Franklin & Marshall College. She is the author of Gogol's Last Book and numerous articles on Russian art, literature, and culture. She recently curated an online exhibit on Magda Nachman for Moscow's State Museum of Oriental Cultures and is preparing a Russian version of An Artist in Exile: The Life of Magda Nachman.

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