Natalia Goncharova

Russian, 1881–1962

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Natalia Goncharova

Russian, 1881–1962

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Natalia Goncharova gained recognition in the West through her set and costume designs produced for Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, but she was also a leading avant-garde artist in her own right in early 20th-century Russia. A painter, stage and costume designer, printmaker, and illustrator, Goncharova’s work spanned a range of modernist styles, including Futurism, Cubism, Rayonism, and Neo-Primitivism, finding inspiration in Russian folk art and often depicting group scenes of women. She was married to the painter Mikhail Larionov; the two were controversial in Russia for what were thought to be their radical lifestyles. In 1910, Goncharova was tried on charges of pornography after exhibiting a collection of her nude paintings.

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Biography

Natalia Goncharova gained recognition in the West through her set and costume designs produced for Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, but she was also a leading avant-garde artist in her own right in early 20th-century Russia. A painter, stage and costume designer, printmaker, and illustrator, Goncharova’s work spanned a range of modernist styles, including Futurism, Cubism, Rayonism, and Neo-Primitivism, finding inspiration in Russian folk art and often depicting group scenes of women. She was married to the painter Mikhail Larionov; the two were controversial in Russia for what were thought to be their radical lifestyles. In 1910, Goncharova was tried on charges of pornography after exhibiting a collection of her nude paintings.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Articles Featuring Natalia Goncharova
How Russian Artist Natalia Goncharova Revolutionized the Avant-Garde
Aug 19th, 2019
Why the History of Dada Shouldn’t Ignore the Russians
Nov 6th, 2018
The Ballets Russes Showcased Some of Picasso’s and Matisse’s Most Experimental Work
Jan 22nd, 2018
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