(1881-1962) was one of the most wide-ranging artists
of the Russian avant-garde. Fascinated by traditional
Russian art, both high and low, Goncharova incorporated
images and forms from this source into her own work.
She was a frequent contributor to the major avant-garde
exhibitions in the prewar period. Most of her stage
design work was at the behest of Sergei Diaghilev
for the Ballets Russes in Paris, where she lived
(together with her husband the artist Mikhail Larionov)
after 1917. Her important productions for Diaghilev
included Rimsky-Korsakovs opera Le Coq
d'or (1914), Liturgie (rehearsed in 1915
but never staged), and Stravinksys Les
Noces (1923). To the right is her "Collecting
Fruit," an earlier work completed around 1900.
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