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Vladimir Ozernikov (1919 Irkutsk - 2000 Sevastopol)


Costume Design for Anna for the  production 'Anna Karenina' at the Sevastopol Drama Theatre


Date: 1952


Gouache over pencil on paper. Size of sheet: 21 x 14.8 cm. Inscribed in pencil in Cyrillic. Freehand sketch in pencil verso.


The play was based on the famous novel by Leo Tolstoy by the same name. The story centres on an extramarital affair between Anna and cavalry officer Count Vronsky. It deals with themes of faith, betrayal, family, marriage and Imperial Russian Society.




Costume Design for Anna for the production of 'Anna Karenina'

  • Vladimir Ozernikov was born in 1919. He was a Russian-Jewish artist who spent considerable time of his career as a costume and stage designer. He spent his formative years in Siberian city of Irkutsk. In 1934 Ozernikov enrolled at the Irkutsk School of Fine Arts. Quite early on in his career, he became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR, which allowed him to get involved in artistic projects across the country, including designing theatre costumes and stage decorations. From 1941 he collaborated with different drama theatres across the country, including in cities like Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Kiev, Simferopol, Ryazan, and others. Additionally, he worked for three years in China (from 1947 to 1951) where he designed interiors and theatrical costumes.

    In total, Ozernikov worked on more than 100 theatre productions.

    In 1952 the artist moved to Sevastopol (Crimea region) where he joined the Lunacharsky Art and Drama Theatre as the chief costume and stage designer and worked there for over a decade until he established his own studio in 1966. Over the years, Ozernikov displayed regularly at commercial galleries and museum exhibitions. He also was involved in many public buildings projects where he worked on designing and decorating the interior space. Some of the projects included the Marine station and the Ukraine Hotel in Sevastopol.

    His works can be found in the collections of regional and state museums of Russia and Ukraine and in private collections.

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