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Maria Vasilievna Yakunchikova-Weber   1870-1902
Russian, b. Wiesbaden, Germany

Though born in Germany, Maria grew up in Moscow where she took private lessons in art from the age of thirteen onwards. In 1889 she attended the Academy Julian in Paris. After returning to Russia she took up color etching, but her involvement with the Abrantsevo artists and the World Art Movement turned her attentions to embrace folk traditions in the form of embroidery and pyrography. She also became an ardent collector of folk art. In 1896 she married Dr. L.N. Weber. Soon after she expanded her talents into book and postcard illustration, then in 1898 textile and toy design. While a very accomplished painter in a somewhat Romantic style, her graphic work was influenced more by Art Nouveau and folk art. Her work was widely exhibited. She died of Tuberculosis, which she had contracted back in 1888.



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Tamara Grigouievna Yufa   1937-
Russian, b. Zadonsk

After her studies at the Academy in Leningrad, Yufa moved to Kavelia in 1960 and devoted her life’s work to painting scenes from the Kalevala epic. Many of these images were placed on postcards by the Soviet State Press. She latter began working for the Finnish theater as a designer.




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