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    Sale 5131

    Russian Icons and Pictures Including works by Non-Conformist Artists

    29 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 1192

    Ol'ga Valer'ianovna Dobuzhinsky (1895-1965)

    Arabian nights

    Price Realised  


    Ol'ga Valer'ianovna Dobuzhinsky (1895-1965)
    Arabian nights
    gouache on paper
    5½ x 8 in. (14 x 20.2 cm.)

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    Ol'ga Dobuzhinsky (later Totwen) was the half sister of Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. She studied painting, sculpture and set design in St. Petersburg - the last of these under the tuition of her half brother. Subsequently, she founded the 'Latek' puppet theatre in Vilnius before moving it to Gdansk following World War II. The theatre was nationalised in 1952 becoming the 'Teatr Miniatura'. It still exists to this day.
    Her daughter, Ewa Totwen, was a promising art student and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky sent her the following twenty four set and costume designs as an encouragement to her studies as an art student.