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Erenburg-Mannati [Ehrenburg-Mannati], Natalia [Natalya] Lazarevna (aka Nathalie Ehrenbourg-Mannati) (1884-1979)

Russian and French painter, art critic and collector, fashion designer and educator. Lived in France.
She was a cousin of the famous writer Ilya Grigorievich Erenburg
The portrait of Natalie was painted by Eugeniusz Zak (can be viewed here).

Nathalie was involved with the Parisian fashion industry and was a proponent of painted Art Deco fabrics for Haute Couture; "…in effect, she created, from 1921, l'Atelier-Ecole d'Arts Plastiques to which she soon attached a school of "stylisme'" [fashion designing]." Her fabrics were made to order for Haute Couture. See L'Officiel De La Mode No 702 de 1984/Page 18/19, which has a photograph of her (see online).

For the centenary of her birth, the Galerie de l'Imagerie in Paris held an exhibition: "TISSUS ART DECO: une selection de maquettes de l'atelier mannati exposition-vente du 29 mars au 31 mai 1984."

Natalya Erenburg was especially interested in Russian folk art. She wrote articles on this subject and assembled an extensive collection of the antique objects related to Russian culture and artistic industry.

Known writings by N. Ehrenburg:
1. "Les jouets populaires russes au XIX siecle" in the magazine Connaissance du Monde (December 1965).
2. "Art populaire russe: les Koustari du XIX siecle" in the magazine Jardin des Arts No. 163 (June 1968).
3. A typed manuscript by Nathalie with the title "Aspects Meconnus de L'Art Populaire Russe Du XIXeme Siecle", now in Houghton Library of Harvard University. (It also details her collection.) Professor Roman Jakobson of Harvard University participated in having the Houghton Library to acquire a part of the collection.

The N. Erenburg's important collection of Russian folk art was exhibited in Paris at least thrice:
1913, Salon d'Automne - Paris;
1960, Musee Pedagogique National - Paris;
1961, Museum am Ostwall - Dortmund (pictures 1 and 2).

In 1939, Nathalie placed her collection for safekeeping during World War II with the Musee de L'Homme. She retrieved the collection in 1956 at which time the museum acquired some 26 pieces from the collection (see online).

Natalie Ehrenburg was and a sister of the artist Il'ia Lazarevich Ehrenburg. (Exhibited in 1919.) About him see an article in Russian by Boris Frezinskii entitled "The Crossing of Fates, or the Two Ehrenburgs (Il'ia Grigor'evich and Il'ia Lazarevich)" in the periodical Diaspora (#1 2001). The materials on him were received from N.L. Erenburg-Mannati and are in the Nicolaevsky Collection at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. (Register of the Boris I. Nicolaevsky Collection, 1801-1982; Series No. 244.) .

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