Petrova-Trotskaya Ekaterina Mikhailovna
1900, St Petersburg – 1932, Leningrad
Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer. Studied at the girl’s high school in Kolomna; School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of Arts, under Vasily Belyaev at the State Free Art Studios/VKhUTEMAS in Petrograd (1920–1924) and at Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s studio. During her studies met Emmanuil Kaplan, a musical theatre director and Vsevolod Meyerhold’s follower. Jointly with him staged for the Conservatory Opera Studio: Sky and Earth by Mikhail Steinberg (1925), Bastien and Bastiene by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1925, shown at the Salzburg International Festival) and Koschei the Immortal by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1926). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1928). Member and exhibitor of the Circle of Artists (from 1928). Wife of the constructivist architect Noel Trotsky, sister of the film director Vladimir Petrov.