Marthe Rakine

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Marthe Rakine
BornNovember 20, 1904, Moscow, Russia
DiedJuly 27, 1996(1996-07-27) (aged 91)
EducationÉcole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris
Known forVisual Art

Marthe Rakine (November 20, 1904 – July 27, 1996) was a Canadian, later Swiss, painter of Russian birth.

Rakine was born in Moscow to a Swiss father and French mother from Provence. The family moved to Paris when she was young,[1] and she began her studies at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in that city in 1926. She also took lessons at the Sorbonne and with Othon Friesz at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in the mid-1930s.[2] She married the painter Boris Rakine, with whom she lived outside of Paris[3] and with whom she emigrated to Canada in 1948.[1] She next enrolled in the Ontario College of Art, studying there from 1949 to 1950. She exhibited widely in Canada and abroad, both in solo and in group shows.[2] Two of her paintings are currently owned by the National Gallery of Canada;[4] other examples of her work may be seen at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre,[2] and the Art Gallery of Northumberland.[5]

Rakine and her husband left Canada in 1958, taking up residence in Lausanne.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Marthe Rakine – Roberts Gallery". Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. p. 460. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.
  3. ^ Loren R. Lerner; Mary F. Williamson (1991). Art and Architecture in Canada: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature. University of Toronto Press. p. 714. ISBN 978-0-8020-5856-0.
  4. ^ "Marthe Rakine". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Art Gallery of Northumberland – History". Retrieved 14 May 2017.

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Cateory:Swiss women painters