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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Asta Brzhezitskaya, the “Queen of Porcelain,” the Moscow Museum of Theater Arts will host an exhibition in her honor.
Asta Brzhezitskaya was a representative of a porcelain-making factory in Dulevo, outside Moscow, which was founded in 1832 and well-known all over Russia and abroad for its exquisite porcelain. The factory produced porcelain for the Imperial Court, aristocratic circles as well as for the general public. While studying at the Moscow Institute of Arts, Brzhezitskaya did a training course at the Dulevo factory before joining the staff in the 1930s.
According to Olga Loginova, the exhibition’s curator, one of Brzhezitskaya’s first works was called “The Republics of the USSR.”
“The detailed sculptures of women in clad in national attire with attributes characteristics of the economy of each republic were typical of those days. Like all arts in those days, porcelain was designed to reflect the prosperous wellbeing of all nationalities in the Soviet Union,” said Loginova. “While keeping in line with the required style, Asta Brzhezitskaya succeeded in adding an individual touch to her works, which materialized in the plasticity of forms, naturalness of gestures, and attention to details. The figure of a Kazakh women was captured in the middle of a typical dance movement and was painted in an unobtrusive manner, without excessive brightness.”
Other work by Brzhezitskaya, who passed away at the age of 96, includes a porcelain statute of Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy, a host of porcelain characters, porcelain actors and directors and a monochrome composition Mozart. In total she has created more than 500 portraits of subjects.