Evgenia Petrovna Antipova (Russian: Евге́ния Петро́вна Анти́пова; October 19, 1917, Toropets, Rskov Province, Russia – January 27, 2009, Saint Petersburg, Russia) — Russian Soviet painter, watercolorist, graphic artist, and Art teacher, a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists (before 1992 the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation), lived and worked in Leningrad – Saint Petersburg and regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad School of Painting.
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Evgenia Petrovna Antipova was born October 19, 1917 in Toropets town, Rskov Province. Her dad was a railway office worker. Since 1928 with parents she lived in Samara on the Volga River. There she began to get busy in an artistic studio under the direction of Pavel Krasnov. From 1935 Antipova lived in Leningrad. In 1936–1939 she studied in the Leningrad Secondary Art School at the All-Russian Academy of Arts. Her teachers were Leonid Ovsyannikov, Alexander Zaytsev, Leonid Sholokhov, Alexander Debler, Vladimir Gorb.
In 1939 Antipova entered the painting department of the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (since 1944 named after Ilia Repin), where she studied of Semion Abugov, Genrikh Pavlovsky, Alexander Osmerkin, Gleb Savinov, and Vladimir Malagis. In 1939 Antipova at first participated in the All-Union Youth Artistic Exhibition in Moscow, presenting the sketch of work «Valery Chkalov among young people». It was printed in a magazine the «Young Artist» for 1939.
The Great Patriotic war found Antipova on summer practice in the West Ukraine. With the last echelons she reached to Leningrad. On July 28, 1941 Antipova made a match for Jacov Lukash, student of forth course of the department of monumental painting. Called in Red Army, he perished at the front in May 1942. Up to began of 1942, Antipova remained in blockade Leningrad. In February 1942 evacuated to Novosibirsk, where lived and worked up to the end of the war. In 1945 she returned to Leningrad and in 1950 graduated from the Repin Institute of Arts in Boris Ioganson personal art studio (former studio of Alexander Osmerkin). Her graduate work was painting named «Andrey Zhdanov visit Palace of Young Pioneers in Leningrad».
In 1950–1956 Antipova taught painting and composition in Tavricheskaya Art School in Leningrad. Since 1950 she participated in art exhibitions. In 1953 she was accepted in the members of Leningrad Union of Artists. Antipova painted genre and decorative compositions, portraits, landscapes, still life paintings, worked in oils and watercolours. Among her favorite themes and motives were a blossoming apple orchard, the Crimean landscape, still life in interior and in exterior. Among the known paintings of 1950th and beginning of 1960th «Practical exercises» (1953), «Gurzuf in the morning», «A Sea is in Gurzufe» (both 1954), «Still life» (1957), «On a summer residence» (1958), «At the Peter and Paul fortress», «Taffies», «Field flower bouquet» (all 1960), «Apple tree» (1962), «Early breakfast» (1963), «A Girl in the garden» (1964), and others. They give an idea of range of possibilities and direction of creative searches of artist. Antipova gravitated to expression of her individual attitude in themes, not applying on the exhaustive scope of the phenomenas of the life.
In 1960th Antipova tries itself in the series of portraits. Most considerable it is been «A Girl from Pereslavl» and «Waitress» (both 1964). From the end of 1960th leading genres in creation of Antipova were still life in an interior and exterior, and also landscape. The prevailing style of painting is distinguished by several conventional drawing and composition, the interest for the transmission of color and light and air. Among the most known works of this period «City courtyard in Gavan», «Sonth Still life», «Grape Arbor», «Romantic landscape», «A Window. Nasturtiums» (all 1968), «Olives-trees» (1969), «Tulips on a window» (1970), «Pine-trees», «On the Vasilievskiy island» (both 1973), «Still life in the garden. A Spring» (1974), «Still life with Cornflowers and bread» (1975), «Balcony» (1977), «Still life with a Red Bottle» (1979), «Sunny Day» (1982), «Still life with a Spanish Jug» (1985), «Bird cherry tree in flower» (1989), «Blooming Little Apple-tree» (1997), and others. In the still lifes, Antipova increasingly prefer the open composition, placing a table with a bouquet of flowers, or a book in a corner of the garden, among the branches of a blossoming apple or cherry. Her best works of this genre – «A Midday» (1982), «Still Life. Flowering willow, Calla lilies, Daffodils» (1984) – are seen as images of the perfect world in which man finds harmony with nature and in his soul. This is the main theme of her art she continued until her death.
Evgenia Antipova had personal exhibitions in Leningrad — Saint Petersburg in 1967, 1988, 1999 (all together with a husband and artist Victor Teterin), and in 2007. In 1989–1992 paintings by Antipova successfully exhibited at fine art auctions and exhibitions of Russian paintings L 'Ecole de Leningrad in France. She died on January 27, 2009 in the city of Saint Petersburg, ninety-one years old. Her paintings reside in the State Russian Museum, and in many art museums and private collections in Russia, France, Germany, USA, England, and others.