Marevna (Marie Vorobieff-Stebelska (1892-1984))

The nickname Marevna reputedly having been given Marie Vorobieff-Stebelska by Maxim Gorky after a Russian fairy sea princess. She was a cubist painter who is internationally noted for convincingly combining elements of cubism (called by her "Dimensionalism") with pointillism and – through the use of the Golden Ratio for laying out paintings – structure. 
She came to Paris in 1912, settled in a studio and soon made a dramatic entry into la Ruche, the beehive of émigré painters and sculptors. They would haunt the cafés to discuss the New Art and there try to trade their paintings for food and drink. They witnessed the dancing, costumes, decor and music of the Diaghilev ballet with as much enthusiasm as they participated in the frenzied gaiety of Russian balls. They attended the premiere of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, and during the years of the First World War, when anti-Cubist and anti-Bolshevik feelings were high, sought patrons and agents for their work.

She wrote a book,Life with the Painters of La Ruche , where she tells the story of her life in La Ruche with Picasso, Braque, Léger, Chagall, Soutine, Modigliani, Rivera, Dremègne, Matisse, Gorki, Ilya Ehrenburg, Max Jacob and Jean Cocteau.

Her work is exhibited in many galleries, including the Guggenheim in New York and the Modern Art Foundation in Geneva.

Mix media on paper. Signed. Size: 37.5 x 24 cm.