The photographic heritage of the French photographer of Russian origin Hélène Adant (Elena Mosolova-Adant, 1903–1985), donated by Lydia Delectorskaya in the 1970s–1980s to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
The collection includes a large photographic archive of historical monuments from different regions of France, Germany, Russia and Italy, taken for publications of books on art, reproductions of paintings, applied photographs (sculpture, ceramics, decorative and applied arts). In addition to this, the collection includes genre scenes and reports. Hélène Adant regularly collaborated with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, made photography series on the museum’s orders, including photographs from the opening of exhibitions, capturing the artistic and intellectual life of the 1950s and 1960s. The most famous is a series of works dedicated to Henri Matisse, evidence of the last years of the artist’s life in the late 1940s – early 1950s: portraits of Henri Matisse and Lydia Delectorskaya, interiors of his studio, chronicle of life in Vence, Nice and work on the project of the Chapel of the Rosary.
The collection includes more than ten thousand items: photographs, glass and film negatives, control prints and transparencies.