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Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962)
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Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962)


Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962)
signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'N. Gontcharova 1916 "Rayonnisme" 0,26 x 0,38' (in the border, lower centre); signed, titled, inscribed and dated again (on the reverse)
gouache and watercolour on paper
17 x 12¼ in. (43.2 x 31.1 cm.)
Executed in 1916
Saidenberg Gallery, New York.
Rosa Esman Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owners in 1978.
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Larionov-Gontcharova, July - September 1961, no. 34.
London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, Larionov and Goncharova, A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Designs for the Theatre, November - December 1961. New York, Rosa Esman Gallery, Malevitch and his circle, January - February 1978.
Miami, The Lowe Art Museum, The Russian Avant-Garde and American Abstract Artists, March - April 1983, no. 10.
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Having received an invitation from Serge Diaghilev to come to Paris to design costumes and sets for his Ballets Russes (ie. Le Coq d'or, 1914 and Les Contes russes, 1917), the present work coincides with Goncharova's recent arrival to the City of Light. A period of intense activity and revolutionary achievements across the artistic spectrum, Rayonnisme dates to Goncharova's most productive creative period. While Goncharova never lost sight of the folk traditions of her Russian homeland, her exposure to Cubist and Futurist experiments paved the way toward her own evolving stylistic development. With a strong accent on expressive colourism and fundamental abstraction, Goncharova was soon to develop her own unique Rayonist idiom even independent from Larionov.

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