October 01, 1997

Ahead of Her Time



Visionary artists are often misunderstood and persecuted by their contemporaries. Such was Pushkin’s fate, and such was the fate of his admirer and self-proclaimed heir, Marina Tsvetaeva. Although the lives of these two poets are separated by a century, they share an unusual vitality and directness, along with the circumstances of their tragic lives.

Tsvetaeva’s 49 years (1892-1941) were consistently shadowed by revolution. Her husband, Sergei Efron, was executed for “anti-Soviet activities.” Her daughter Ariadna spent a decade in the gulag. For a large part of her life – in Russia, then abroad, then once again in Russia – Tsvetaeva, like many other great artists before and since, experienced poverty and the neglect of her peers.

Marina Tsvetaeva was born on October 8, 1892. Her father, Ivan Tsvetaev (1847-1913), was a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, as well as a professor of ancient art and history at Moscow University. In 1911, the Museum of Fine Arts (the present-day Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, located near the newly restored Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow) was founded on his initiative.


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