Art of the Russias

Nina Kogan (1889-1942) (Нина Осиповна Коган, or Nina Cohen (?)) was born in St Petersburg, and studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from 1911-1913. From 1919 to 1922, she lived in Vitebsk, training under Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich, and teaching at the Vitebsk National School of Art. In 1922, returned to Moscow where she worked at the Museum of Artistic Culture; in the middle of the decade, she was back in Leningrad. In the 1930s, she was known for her illustrations for children’s books. She is considered one of the main exponents of the Suprematist style of the avant-garde.

Nina Kogan was known for her geometric abstract art, and later for expressive realism. The subject of her paintings were the ‘marginals’, that is people who could be considered ‘not in the avant-garde of the Revolution’. She herself was imprisoned for counter-revolutionary activities. After her…

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