|Apollo and Daphne by Nadya Rusheva|
When I was a young girl in Kiev, Ukraine, I remember my older cousin, an artist, leaving me a book of drawings by Nadya Rusheva when she immigrated. I remember being very moved by the drawings, especially because some of them were of scenes from my favorite book, Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov, but moved even more, and saddened, by Nadya's biography. I was about twelve or thirteen when I encountered this amazing artist - and she made an especially strong impact on me because she was only 17 when she passed away.
Nadya always drew without preparation, and almost never erased. She often worked with a pen to make the drawings. The simplicity of her drawings, the purity of the lines, make a strong impression and endear to the viewer. When Bulgakov's widow, Yelena Bulgakova, saw the drawings of Master and Margarita by Nadya (when the young artist passed away), she said "I wish I knew this amazing and subtle creature."
Nadya died of a brain hemorrhage because of congenital defect. She died in March of 1969 in Moscow. She created 10,000 artworks in the span of her short, but stunning, life.
Asteroid 3516 Rusheva is named after Nadya.
Here's a collection of some of my favorite drawings by this remarkable young woman.
|Master and Margarita meeting for the first time, by Nadya Rusheva|
|Margarita, by Nadya Rusheva|
|Centaurs by Nadya Rusheva|
|Women, by Nadya Rusheva|
|Pushkin (a classical Russian writer and poet) and his wife, by Nadya Rushina|
|Goncharova, Pushkin's wife, by Nadya Rusheva|
|Ballerina, by Nadya Rusheva|
|Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupery) by Nadya Rusheva|