MARIA YAKUNCHIKOVA (1870-1902)
WOMEN WITH A PASSION FOR ART
The first female artist I want to introduce in the series Women with a Passion for Art is Maria Yakunchikova. After seeing one of her paintings called Reflection of an Intimate World I immediately fell in love with it. Therefore I like to share some of her paintings with you. Enjoy!
Maria Vasilievna Yakunchikova-Weber was a Russian painter, graphic artist, and embroiderer. Yakunchikova was associated with the Abramtsevo artists, especially with her teacher Elena Polenova. Polenova ,whose revival of traditional handicrafts inspired Maria to embroider and to execute pokerwork.
Between 1887 and 1889 she began to collect folk art. Landscape art remained her favourite genre. She was inspired to plein air painting by Elena Polenova.
Maira Yakunchikova died on December 27, 1902 near Geneva, Switzerland. She was just 32 years old.