Liubov Popova (Russian, 1889-1924)
Unsigned, identified on labels from Saidenberg Gallery, New York, Annely Juda Fine
Art, London, and Galleria Milano, Milan, affixed to the reverse.
Crayon with pencil on paper, sight size 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (26.0 x 19.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Toning, subtle rippling/creases, paper perforated l.l., not examined out of frame.
Exhibitions: Russian Pioneers at the Origins of non-Objective Art, Annely Juda Fine Art, May 27 - September 18, 1976.
N.B. The creator of what she termed "Painterly Architectonics" and "Painterly Constructions," Popova remains one of the most important female figures in Russian Modernism. As a young woman, she traveled to France, Italy, and throughout her native Russia. She studied the Renaissance works and icons in the churches of Pskov and Novgorod along with the avante-garde ideas of Futurism and Constructivism. Popova's work reflects a flatness that is borrowed from religious icons and Cubism combined with dynamism and a strong sense of movement. She then began to create what she called "Spatial Force Constructions" which were preparatory sketches for material constructions and by 1921 she devoted herself completely to industrial design.