The decorative, stylised quality of this work reflects Goncharova’s interest in the folk arts and religious icons of her native Russia. This is one of many large scale canvas works Goncharova produced before she moved to France at the end of the Second World War.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 102.9 × 123.2 cm Tate. Presented by the artist 1961
Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) was a Russian artist who blazed a trail with her experimental approach to art and design. She found acclaim early in her career and established herself as the leader of the Russian avant-garde with a major exhibition in Moscow in 1913. Her immense body of work includes costume design, avant-garde cinema and vast religious paintings.