Nachman (Acharya) Magda
1889, Pavlovsk, St. Petersburg Gubernia – 1951, Bombay, India
Painter, book illustrator and theatrical artist. Graduated from the Annenschule (St. Anna German Gymnasium) in St. Petersburg; attended painting classes at the Russian Artists’ Mutual Aid Society (1906–1907). Helped organize the New School under the direction of Dmitry Kardovsky but studied there only briefly. In 1907 transferred to the School of Yelizaveta Zvantseva, studying under Léon Bakst, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1907–1913).
Took part in the exhibition of students of Bakst and Dobuzhinsky (1910); the painting exhibition of the Lovers of Fine Arts Society’s northern circle (Vologda, Arkhangelsk, 1913); the benefit painting exhibition by Petrograd artists for the infirmary (1914); 1915(organized by Konstantin Kandaurov); the MI Alliance exhibitions (1912–1917); the Moscow Professional Artists’ Union’s first and second painting exhibitions (May–July 1918, July–September 1918); the Fourth State Picture Exhibition, 1918–19 (Moscow, 1919); and the First State Art and Science Exhibition (Kazan, 1920).
In 1922 emigrated to Germany with her husband, the Indian revolutionary M. P. T. Acharya. Took part in group exhibitions of Russian artists in Berlin. Her 1928 solo exhibition at Galerie Casper was positively reviewed by Vladimir Nabokov. After the Nazis’ rise to power emigrated to Switzerland and later, in 1936, to Bombay, India. In 1937 her works were shown at the Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich and then destroyed, along with works by famous avant-gardists. From 1936 onwards held solo exhibitions and participated in annual exhibitions of the Bombay Art Society.