Natalia Goncharova’s Stand Against Western Modernism


English: Russian painter Natalia S. Gonchrova Russian painter Natalia S. Goncharova (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russian artist Natalia Goncharova (b. 1881) died on the 17th of October 1962 in Paris. One of the leaders of the early 20th century Russian avant-garde, her art spanned from Primitivism, Fauvism, Cubism to Futurism and Rayonism, but she was mostly known in the West for her book illustrations and stage decorations for ballet, costumes designs, settings, and drop curtains particularly for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. In the preface of her 1913 one-woman exhibition in Moscow, Goncharova stated:

“At the beginning of my path I learned most of all from my French contemporaries. They opened my eyes and I realized the great significance and value of the art of my country and through it the great value of the art of the East.”

In 1910, she was part ofThe Knave Of Diamonds, a Moscow group of avant-garde artists…

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