- Presented by Anita Muling, 1979
- Gouache au pochoir print
- 324 x 502mm
The avant-garde Russian artists Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova settled permanently in Paris following the Russian revolutions of 1917. Declaring themselves “artists of art's future paths,” they also proclaimed their fascination in “the whole brilliant style of modern times […] a great epoch, one that has known no equal in the entire history of the world.”
Larionov's print, produced two years later, exhibits the characteristics of rayonism, the cubist- and futurist-inspired art movement they introduced with their 1913 manifesto in Moscow. The print is gouache au pochoir, a manual stencil-based technique. Larionov and Goncharova were first invited to Paris by their compatriot Serge Diaghilev to design sets and costumes for his trailblazing Ballet Russes. Their spectacular success from 1914 onwards led to their joining his company and a community of Russian émigrés centred in Paris.
This print is from Larionov and Goncharova's L’Art Décoratif Théâtral Moderne, a folio of fine prints published in 1919.
(In Modern Times, 18 December 2015 – 11 September 2016)