Matthew Gale, Natalia Sidlina
Tate Publishing, 2019
This beautifully illustrated paperback book accompanies the first exhibition in the UK to cover the entire spectrum of Natalia Goncharova’s artistic practice.
The publication focuses on her 1913 exhibition in Moscow at which she displayed over 350 paintings along with the numerous drawings, studies, prints and designs, demonstrating her prolific and prodigious talent. It will also address how Goncharova was unafraid to explore subjects in her art that were considered taboo for a gentile woman of pre-war Europe, such as the female nude, paganism and marginalised cultures.
Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962) was the leading female artist of the Russian avant-garde and a key figure of the modernist era. From sculpture and painting, printmaking and book illustration, to fashion and innovative cinema, she applied the spirit of ‘everythingness’ (Toutisme) to her creative practice. After gaining fame for her early experiments with abstraction, she earned further international renown for her work for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes following her emigration to Paris in 1914.