"I was very friendly with Ketevana Konstantinovna Magalashvili since 1943, when I came to her straight from the mountains in the climbing suit. She had an ateliers overlooking the whole of Tbilisi, and in the evening there could be seen Kazbek, pink. She is a typical representative of Georgia, with the appearance of Medea, with burning black eyes, the true kahetinka, hearty and hospitable. She lived in her "tower" like a queen, and at the same time in a very simple way. I can still hear her voice, asking at the door: "Vinari?" (Who is it?)"
"When I first came to the Arbat to the house of remarkable singer Nina Dorliac, I immediately saw this portrait above the piano, next to the original. It impresses the spectator with the similarity of appearance, but upon closer inspection it is evident that the artist brought something in her eyes and in the expression, something Southern-passive that is peculiar to Caucasian women, but was not typical to the
original. Surely, this portrait as if on stage, portrait of the artist, is a beautiful one. Ketevana Konstantinovna complained a lot that her favorite model was very is inaccurate and was systematically late for sessions. And this did not contribute to the inspiration of the artist".