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Lucienne Dimitroff obit - 1999

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Lucienne Dimitroff obit - 1999

Posted: 31 Aug 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 26 Jun 2001 10:13AM GMT
Surnames: Dimitroff, Milchev, Smith, Block
Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, March 21, 1999
Section C, page 2

Lucienne Dimitroff
Artist

In the late 1920s, Lucienne Block Dimitroff was a pioneer in the designing of glass sculpture for the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory in Holland.

She declined an invitation to teach at Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural school, Taliesen East, and instead apprenticed with artist Diego Rivera.

Mrs. Dimitroff, 90, formerly of Mill Valley, died March 13 in Gualala.

She was born in Switzerland and attended Ecole National et Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.

She contributed many of her photographs of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to biographical works about the famed Mexican artists.

From 1935 to 1939 she and her husband, Stephen Pope Dimitroff, created murals all over the country as part of the federal arts project in the Works Progress Administration. She also served as a freelance photographer for Life Magazine. Her illustrations appeared in numerous children's books.

The couple operated Dimitroff's Frame Shop in Mill Valley before moving to Gualala in 1965.

Mrs. Dimitriff is survived by her daughter, Sita Milchev of Gualala; sons, George E. Dimitroff of Washington and Pencho B. Dimitroff of Colorado; sister, Suzanne Block Smith of New York; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shamli Volunteer Hospice, c/o Redwood Coast Medical Center, Gualala, CA 95445

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