12 Facts About Alexandra Exter


Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Ekster, known as Alexandra Exter, was a Russian and French painter and designer.

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Alexandra Exter was born Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Grigorovich in Bialystok, in the Grodno Governorate of the Russian Empire to a wealthy Belarusian family.

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Alexandra Exter's father, Aleksandr Grigorovich, was a wealthy Belarusian businessman.

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Alexandra Exter spent several months with her husband in Paris, and there she attended Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Montparnasse.

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Alexandra Exter's painting studio in the attic at 27 Funduklievskaya Street, now Khmelnytsky Street, was a rallying stage for Kiev's intellectual elite.

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In 1914, Exter participated in the Salon des Independants exhibitions in Paris, together with Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Archipenko, Vadym Meller, Sonia Delaunay-Terk and other French and Russian artists.

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Alexandra Exter's friend introduced her to the poet Apollinaire, who took her to Picasso's workshop.

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Alexandra Exter worked with Vadym Meller as a costume designer in a ballet studio of the dancer Bronislava Nijinska.

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Alexandra Exter's work was displayed alongside that of other Constructivist artists at the 5x5=25 exhibition held in Moscow in 1921.

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Alexandra Exter's works are vibrant, playful, dramatic, and theatrical in composition, subject matter, and color.

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Alexandra Exter continued with these experimental tendencies in her later puppet designs.

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Alexandra Exter was a book illustrator for the publishing company Flammarion in Paris from 1936 until her death in the Paris suburb of Fontenay-aux-Roses.

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