Natalia Goncharova was a brilliant and groundbreaking Russian avant-garde artist. She is most famous for being a painter, and was also a sculptor, costume designer, set designer, illustrator, and writer.
Goncharova was born in Nagaevo, Russia, on July 3rd, 18811, began studying art in her early twenties, and would create for nearly the rest of her life. She was a pioneering artist, both within European art in general, and within Russian art specifically. She was one of the first creators of the Cubo-Futurism movement, and developed the Rayonism style with her life partner and fellow artist Mikhail Larionov
Goncharova was a radical and forward-looking artist, and in her work she often sought to blend influences and blur boundaries. One thing she was passionate about was combining influences from both East and West, and she was one of the first major artists to combine elements from Russian folk traditions, religion, and country life, with contemporary artistic developments.
I first encountered Goncharova and her work at my internship, where the painting in the header image, The Phoenix from her series The Harvest, was hung on the wall2. When they decided to get rid of it, I asked them to take it home instead. And so it inspired me to write my first OT header 3.
Here’s a few of Goncharova’s paintings, for your enjoyment. Have a great day, everyone!