Uspenskaya, Marina (1925-2007)

Marina Evgenevna Uspenskaya was born in Moscow. She graduated from the 1905 Art College, where she studied theatre and decorative arts under Professor V.A. Shestakov. In 1947 she entered the Surikov Institute in Moscow, specialising in drawing. She studied under professor Dekhtyaryev in the book illustration studio. Soon after graduation she found her passion and craft: Illustrations for children’s’ books. Throughout her career, she made illustrations for some 200 children’s’ books in the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Russia, France, India and Japan. She worked for several of the largest publishing houses in her native country, including Detskaya Literatura, Detgiz and Malysh. In total, her illustrations have been printed in more than 115 million books and postcards. Applying watercolour, Indian ink and gouache in warm and gentle colours, she saw daily life through the eyes of a child. Her illustrations are detailed, yet with a simple and very light touch, and she showed the joy of being a child, even in an adult world that you do not always understand. Marina Evgenevna was an artist of a rare magnitude. She mastered the classical skills of drawing, her touch was deft and precise, but she did not let that fact limit her creations. She stayed young in her art, developed with the times, and even her late art enjoyed a tremendous success in the Moscow art scene.

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