Nadia Benois 1896–1975

Artist biography

Nadia BENOIS b. 1896

Painter of still life and landscape, and stage designer. Born 17 May 1896 near St Petersburg of a family of artists; her father was the architect Louis Benois. Studied under Jacovleff, Choukhaieff and her uncle Alexandre Benois. Married Iona Ustinov and left Russia 1920; has since lived in England. First one-man exhibition at the Little Gallery, the Adelphi, 1924. Exhibited with the N.E.A.C. from 1929; member 1937–41. Mother of Peter Ustinov, the actor-playwright.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I