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Russia -born Chandigarh house wife to display her work at Alliance Francaise

Inspired by French impressionists, a Russian painter is all set to make her first impression on the city.Elena Vlasova is going to put her eight years of hard work on display at Alliance Francaise in Sector 36 from Thursday.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 16, 2015 14:58 IST
Anupreet Kaur

Inspired by French impressionists, a Russian painter is all set to make her first impression on the city.Elena Vlasova is going to put her eight years of hard work on display at Alliance Francaise in Sector 36 from Thursday.


Made over eight years, the 29 oil and acrylic paintings include still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. An exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s works in a Moscow museum drew her into the world of art. “The ideas were impromptu; I simply painted,” says the Russian-born former finance auditor settled as a housewife in Chandigarh.

Elena is an avid self-learner. Since art is her passion, she has learnt to balance it with work. “I make time for it by either rising early or going to bed late.” Excited about the first exhibition, Elena hopes people will “love it more than just paintings”. “A lot of thought and hard work has gone into it,” she said on the eve of inauguration.

Asked what she liked about Chandigarh, she said: “It is clean and green. The lake, the Rock Garden, and the houses, everything is so beautiful.” Aspiring artist since childhood but with no professional training, she found help on the internet. “The web and art magazines in Russia helped me learn a lot of things.

Everything one wants to learn is now available online.For the learners, it’s a great opportunity. I look for pictures online and get a rough idea on what and how to paint. I also click pictures when I travel and try to make a painting based on those with modifications.”