27 November 2008
GONCHAROVA, Natalia (1881-1962). [Misticheskie obrazy voiny. 14 litografii. Mystical Images of War. 14 Lithographs. Moscow: V.N. Kashin, 1914].
14 lithographs (c.325 x 238 mm), numbered and monogrammed in the plate. (Without the title, index leaves, and covers).
'AMONG THE MOST PROFOUND AND UNIQUE ARTISTIC RESPONSES TO THE WAR'; 'Goncharova, in her epic treatment of war, combined innovation with traditional forms, particularly icons and lubki... Goncharova creates her own mythology of war, combining the revived heraldry of the Russian coat of arms ("The White Eagle"), symbols of Britain and France ("The British Lion" and "The French Cock"), apocalyptic images ("The Doomed City" and "The Pale Horse"), and recognizable details of present-day military uniforms, factory smokestacks, and airplanes'. Rowell and Wye, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, pp.94-97. (14)
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