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    NATHALJIA GONTCHAROVA SERGEJEWNA (Russian, 1881-1962)
    Composition sur Fond Rose, 1912
    Gouache and watercolor on paper
    Signed and dated lower right: 1912 N. Gontcharova
    10-1/4 x 6-5/8 inches (26.0 x 16.8 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Selected Artists Galleries, New York (label verso).

    According to Dr. Anthony Parton of Durham University, who is writing a catalogue raisonné on the artist, this work was likely executed between 1925-1935 for a carpet design (the date of 1912 was probably added later) for the Maison Myrbor in Paris, operated by Marie Cuttoli.


    This excerpt was taken from the Textile Society of America Website:

    Marie Cuttoli: Patron of Modern Textiles, by Virginia Gardner Troy
    Marie Cuttoli (1879-1973) was an editor, collector, proprietor of her boutique Myrbor, and patron of the arts par excellence from the 1920s through the 1950s. She contributed to modernist developments in cross-cultural discourses in textiles through her work with Algerian textile artisans who produced finely crafted embroidered and woven work based on designs by European modernists such as Natalia Goncharova. These works were subsequently sold at Cuttoli's Parisian boutique, Myrbor, primarily during the 1920s. During the 1930s and after, she played an essential role in reviving the rich pictorial tapestry tradition in France though her innovative and collaborative work with modern artists - such as Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Jean Lurçat, and Le Corbusier - and skilled Aubusson weavers. She played a particularly important role in inspiring the artist Jean Lurçat to devote most of his long career to tapestry; their collaborations in the 1920s led both of them to envision modern tapestry in completely new ways.
    Cuttoli's contribution to modern art has been sadly neglected. Her collection of tapestries was received with great acclaim in Europe and American in the late 1930s, but after that the art of pictorial tapestry and the work of Marie Cuttoli seem to have taken a backseat to other developments in modern art, particularly those involving Abstract Expressionist painting. This paper will provide a much-needed summary of Cuttoli's work, and will present a fully researched compilation of the objects d'art, carpets, fashion, and tapestries that she supported. Attention will be paid to her instigation of new visual forms, techniques, venues and interior design through the textile media and how her ideas shaped the ideas of her artistic collaborators.


    More Information:

    Natalia Gontcharova  was a leading artist of twentieth century Russian avant garde.  She was deeply inspired by the primitive aspects of Russian folk art and icons and attempted to emulate these aspects in her own work while incorporating elements of fauvism and cubism. She and her companion, noted Russian painter, Mikhail Larionov co-founded the avant garde exhibiting groups "Jack of Diamonds", "Donkey's Tail", and "Target" between the years 1910 and 1913.  They also developed  Rayonism in 1911.  Rayonism's central feature consists of dynamically interacting linear forms ultimately derived from rays of light and combined to create a two dimensional representation of refracted light.  Gontcharova was also involved with der Blaue Reiter, from it's inception in 1911.

    She is currently exhibited in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Guggenheim,  and the National Museum of Women Artists, among others. 



    Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Some rippling to the paper.  Handling creases at the lower left corner and across the top.  Overall in good condition.  Not examined outside frame.

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