|Mir iskusstva magazine 1904 (issue 3).|
Photographs of Maria Yakunchikova's Artworks
as published in Mir Iskusstva magazine 1904 (issue 3)
The magazine scanned by Doria: the multi-institutional repository maintained by
The National Library of Finland
Maria Vasilievna Yakunchikova-Weber (Russian: Мария Васильевна Якунчикова-Вебер) (1870-1902) was a
Russian painter, graphic artist, and embroiderer. In 1896, she married a doctor named L. N. Weber, and
attached his name to hers from then until her death.
Yakunchikova was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Moscow, where her family had numerous
artistic connections. Beginning in 1883 she had private lessons in art with N. A. Martynov, and from 1885 she
studied as an external student at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture; she took evening
lessons with Elena Polenova between 1886 and 1889. Through these classes she met artists such as Isaac
Levitan and Konstantin Korovin, among others. She was also associated with the Abramtsevo artists, especially
her teacher Polenova, whose revival of traditional handicrafts inspired her to embroider and to execute
pokerwork. Between 1887 and 1889 she began to collect folk art.
Yakunchikova traveled to Austria and Italy in 1888; the following year she went to France and Germany, and
from then on worked mainly in western Europe. From 1889 to 1890 she attended the Académie Julian in Paris,
studying under William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. In 1892 she began to create colored
etchings. Polenova visited her in Paris in 1895. In 1897 she began to illustrate books; from the following year
she also designed textiles and toys. Also in 1898 she was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev to design a cover for
his magazine Mir iskusstva; this was an Art Nouveau image, with folk art stylings, of a swan in a forest pool,
and ran in 1899, from which year Yakunchikova began exhibiting with the World of Art movement
image on this post - ridou>. This she continued until her death. In addition, she directed the embroidery
workshop at Abramtsevo from her teacher's death in 1898, and planned an exhibition of folk art as part of the
International Exhibition in Paris in 1900.
Yakunchikova suffered from tuberculosis, and died of the disease near Geneva in 1902.
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|Mir iskusstva - Table of Contents, 1904 No3.|
Selected Mir Iskusstva photographs relating to the Yakunchikova article:
"Wikipedia: Also in 1898 she was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev to design a cover for his
magazine Mir iskusstva; this was an Art Nouveau image, with folk art stylings, of a swan in a
forest pool, and ran in 1899, from which year Yakunchikova began exhibiting with the World of
|Portrait of (12 year old) Maria Yakunchikova by Ilya Repin, 1879,|
as printed in the following issue of Mir iskusstva, No4, 1904.