Nadia Benois

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Nadia Benois
Nadia Benois self portrait.jpg
Self portrait
Born April 27, 1896
St. Petersburg, Russia
Died December 8, 1975(1975-12-08) (aged 79)
Residence Britain
Nationality Russian
Occupation Artist, painter
Spouse(s) Jona von Ustinov
Children Peter Ustinov

Nadezhda Leontievna Ustinova (Надежда Леонтьевна Устинова), née Benois (Бенуа), better known as Nadia Benois (1896–1975[1]), was a Russian painter of still life and landscape, and stage designer.[2] Her father Leon Benois belonged to the Benois family. Nadezhda studied how to be an artist at St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. In 1920, Benois moved along with her husband, Jona Ustinov to London. In the course of her travels, Benois painted the impressionist landscapes of London street, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.[3] She exhibited her works in the Goupil, Redfern, Beaux-Arts, and other galleries. Some of her still-lives were acquired by the Tate Gallery in 1936.[4] Later in life, Benois used her talents to help the career of her son Peter Ustinov by formatting the screenplays and plays and creating costumes and sets for the films Vice Versa and Private Angelo.[5]

Notable works[edit]

  • "Kensington Gardens" (Manchester City Art Gallery, 1937)
  • "Three Women Painters" (Michael Parkin Gallery, 1975)
Design productions
  • "Dark Elegies"(1937)
  • "The Sleeping Princess" (1939)


  1. ^ Chilvers, Ian (2017). The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0191024171.
  2. ^ "Nadia Benois | Tate" Retrieved on May 14, 2014.
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  4. ^ Foster, Alicia (2004). Tate Women Artists. London: Tate Publishing. p. 71 ISBN 1-85437-311-0
  5. ^ "Nadia Benois | Biography | IMDb" Retrieved on May 14, 2014.