Natalia Goncharova - the exhibition catalogue from Tate available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Natalia Goncharova

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The exhibition book for the 2019 Tate show exploring the life, work and legacy of the artist, Natalia Goncharova.

Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) was the leading female artist of the Russian avant-garde and a key figure of the modernist era who worked across many disciplines from sculpture and painting via printmaking and book illustration, to fashion and innovative cinema.

After gaining fame for her early experiments with abstraction, she earned further international renown for her work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes following her emigration to Paris in 1914. This publication considers the entire spectrum of Goncharova's creative practice. An important focus is her 1913 exhibition in Moscow at which she displayed over 350 paintings along with the numerous drawings, studies, prints and designs, demonstrating her prolific and prodigious talent.

It also addresses how Goncharova was unafraid to explore subjects in her art that were considered taboo for a gentile woman of pre-war Europe, such as the female nude, paganism and marginalised cultures. The artist caused controversy with her biblical scenes, which were rendered in intense and earthly manner that reflected her personal experiences in the period leading to the outbreak of the First World War. Her involvement in performative practices of the futurist movement in Russia went along with her own ground-breaking experiments with non-figurative forms.

It was her work that largely contributed to elevating theatre design and costume-making into an art form. Essays by leading experts and lavish illustrations bring to a new audience the diverse work of this modernist artist whose oeuvre blazed the path of Russian avant-garde painting, ground-breaking European theatre design and modernist graphic design.

  • Authors: Matthew Gale and Natalia Sidlina
  • Paperback: 224 pages | 180 illustrations
  • Date published: June 2019 
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 21.4 cm

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