safronova portrait Sofronova (Safronova) Antonina Fedorovna

A.F. Sofronova. 1936



1892, March 14  Born into the family of a district doctor in the village of Droskovo, Orel gubernia.

1909 Graduated with a gold medal from the Women’s Commercial College of N.N. Volodkevich in Kiev.

1909-1910 Lives with her parents in Orel, attends a music school.

1910 Moves to Moscow.

1910-1913 Studies at the Art School of F.I. Rerberg.

1913-1917 Attends the Painting and Drawing studio of I.M. Mashkov.

1914 Contributes to the “Knave of Diamonds” association exhibition.

1915 Marries Genrich (Andrei) Matveevich  Blumenfeld (1893-1920).

1916 Moves to Orel to live with her parents. Her daughter Irina is born.

1917 Joins the Moscow Union of (Painters) Artists.

1917 Contributes to the “World of Art” association exhibition in Petrograd (under the name of N.F. Blumenfeld) and in Moscow under her own name.

1919-1920 Teaches drawing at Orel and Orel gubernia schools.

1920-1921 Teaches painting and drawing at the State Free Artistic Studios of Tver. Meets M.K. Sokolov and N.M. Tarabukin and collaborates with them. Does a series of Constructivist compositions.

1921 Moves to Moscow and works as an art instructor at the Political Administration of the Moscow Military District.

1922 Continues working on abstract Constructivist graphic compositions.

1923-1927 Collaborates with the Krasnaya niva and Klub magazines and designs posters and book covers for different publishing houses.

1924-1925 Works on the Moscow Street Characters series.

1927 Does illustrations for L. Leonov’s novel Barsuki (Badgers).

1929-1930 In summer does landscapes in Orel.

1931 Contributes to the Third Exhibition of the “Thirteen” association.

1935-1937 Works on the Moscow Zoo theme; designs books for the Academia publishers.

1936-1958 Works under contracts as a retoucher for the state publishing house of medical literature (Medgiz).

1937 Does illustrations for M.Y. Lermontov’s poem The Spaniards.

1938 Visits Ukraine.

1939 Travels to Gudauta in the Caucasus.

1939-1941 Does a series of portraits, Former Actresses.

1941 Does illustrations for A. Blok’s poems. Is evacuated to Miass in the Urals area, together with her family.

1942-1943 As an evacuee lives in Bashkiria, returns to Moscow with her family.

1945 Joins the Moscow branch of the Union of Soviet Artists.

1945-1946 Does illustrations for A. Bely’s writings.

1946 Does illustrations for N.V. Gogol’s Nevsky Prospekt.

1950-1952 Does illustrations for A. Grin’s Alye Parusa (Scarlet Sails) and Begushchaya po volnam (She Who Runs on the Waves).

1962 Solo show held at the Writers’ House.

1966, May 14  Dies in Moscow.