Bogdanova Olga Alexeevna
1905, St Petersburg (?) – 1941, Leningrad
Painter. Combined studies at Art Industrial College in Pskov with her work at a toy workshop (1920–1923); studied at the Monumental Painting Department, VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN (1923– 1927). Encouraged cultural activities at the Vera Slutskaya Textile Mill (1925). Alongside with her diploma work Fighting Homelessness (for an orphanage, 1927, whereabouts unknown) she defended her thesis “Tracing Features of Archaic Monumentalism in Russian Icons of the 14th–15th Centuries in the Russian Museum”. It was not possible to find information on the artistic biography of Olga Bogdanova after she completed her studies. We can say, from the memoirs of her fellow student artist Anastasia Gareva, that Bogdanova’s fate was quite dramatic: she was “repressed”. She is remembered warmly: “There was a charming Komsomol member, Olga Bogdanova. Brullov would not have passed her by – she was exactly the same type as his Italian girls. But her life ended tragically… Her childlike purity, gentility, and noble character shone through in her eyes and in her smile.” (Research Archives of the Russian Academy of Arts, collection 19, series 1, rec. 12. “Vospominaniya khudozhnitsy Anastasii Vasilyevny Garevoi”. 28 April 1965, Novgorod, sheet 75).