Alexandra Exter

Alexandra Exter (1882 – 1949) was a Russian avant-garde artist born in Kiev who emigrated to Paris in 1924 after the revolution. She left an important legacy in the history of the Russian avant-garde and modern painting. She studied at Kiev Art School alongside Aristrakh Lentulov and Archipenko. Between 1914 and 1924 she lived between Paris and Moscow and befriended Picasso, Malevitch and numerous Futurist painters. Later, during her time in France, she worked alongside other Russian émigrés such as Popova and Rozanova, who would later become known as the Amazons of the avant-garde. They sought out new forms of painting during a time when art was conducting its own revolution through Cubism and Futurism. Exter’s abstract and colourful compositions were qualified as Cubo-Futurist. The dynamic nature of her works distinguished her from other modern artists because she synthetized the spirit of her time with a personal touch by combining the latest artistic developments with her own colourful style. In addition, Alexandra Exter was a costume designer for the theatre; she produced designs for The Ballet Russes in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s. Her paintings are sought after by collectors because of their rarity in the market. Her work is on display at the State Tretyakov Museum in Moscow and the George Costakis Collection in Greece. Some of her works have been acquired by major museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and MOMA in New York.