NATALIA GONCHAROVA (Russian, 1881-1962)
    Rayonist Composition, 1911-1912
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 37-1/2 inches (88.9 x 95.3 cm)
    Initialed lower right in Cyrillic

    Goncharova, together with her life-long partner and eventual husband, artist Mikhail Larionov, developed the first original Russian avant-garde art movement, which they named "Rayonism." Inspired by F.T. Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto, in which Marinetti declares that ". . .the essential element of our poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt," and that "the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed." Goncharova and Larionov developed a new style of painting, together with a corresponding vocabulary, which was based on their desire to free art from realistic convention. In Larionov's pamphlet accompanying a Rayonist exhibition in 1913 he states, "We do not sense the object with our eye, as it is depicted conventionally in pictures and as a result. . . we perceive a sum of rays proceeding from a source of light. . .consequently, if we wish to paint literally what we see, then we must paint the sum of rays reflected from the object."

    Goncharova's "Rayonist Composition" is an excellent example of Rayonist theories put into practice. The underlying structure achieved through the use of color and texture transmits to the viewer a feeling of speed, movement, and light. Rayonism was short-lived, though, lasting less than three years between 1911-1913.

    Estimate: $70,000 - $100,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Canvas has been cut from original stretcher and laid on top of another canvas, slight buckling in the upper right corner, canvas is lifting from the support along the lower edge, several minor areas of cleavage and loss through the center of the canvas.

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