Drawings of Dzhanna Tutundzhan

Dzhanna Tutundzhan was born in Moscow into the family of office workers on September 22, 1931. She entered the Moscow Secondary Art School in 1944 and studied in the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow from 1953 to 1959. Dzhanna Tutundzhan moved to Vologda, to the native land of her husband - artist Nikolay Baskakov - in 1959. They travelled a lot in the Vologda region together. In 1964, they settled on the bank of the Sukhona River in the Sergievskaya village of the Tarnoga district.

Dzhanna Tutundzhan started to participate in regional, interregional, All-Russian, All-Union, and international art exhibitions in 1959. She was a member of the Union of Russian Artists since 1964 and became the Honoured Artist of the RSFSR in 1972. She was given the Vologda Komsomol Award named after A.Y. Yashin in 1971 and the State Award of the Vologda region in fine art and architecture in 2006. Dzhanna Tutundzhan became the People’s Artist of Russia in 2004 and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2007.

Dzhanna Tutundzhan’s one-man exhibitions of painting and graphic arts were held in Vologda, Moscow, Leningrad, Veliky Novgorod, Danilov, in the Yaroslavl region. Her one-man exhibition was also opened in Moscow, on Poklonnaya Hill, in late January 2011, on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

Her oeuvres are kept in the museums of the Vologda region, in art museums of Archangelsk, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Karaganda, Kirov, Kostroma, Petrozavodsk, Syktyvkar, Novokuznetsk, Penza, Tomsk, Tula, Ulyanovsk, and in private collections of Russia.

Dzhanna Tutundzhan died on February 23, 2011, and was buried at the Kozitsynskoye cemetery of Vologda near her husband Nikolay Baskakov.

26 drawings of the artist are kept in the Kirillo-Belozersky museum-reserve. Not only depictions, but also texts are often created in the graphic technique: these are phrases, judgments, opinions of represented people. Every work is the fate of the person, the whole story of life. All together they show the history of the whole generation.

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