Natalia Goncharova. 'The Reapers', 1911. Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Urals.

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Natalia Goncharova and women artists of the Russian avant-garde

  • Begins: Monday 9 September 2019
    Until: Tuesday 10 September 2019
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP
  • Lecturer: Dr Natalia Murray

In line with the retrospective of the leading Russian avant-garde artist, Natalia Goncharova, currently showing at Tate Modern, this study day will be dedicated to the amazons of the Russian avant-garde whose art challenged traditional aesthetic values and redefined the boundaries between art and life, and contributed to the formation of the new Soviet woman in post-revolutionary society. Working almost entirely within the male exhibition-and-sales paradigm, these women considered themselves artists first and became zealous participants in a great aesthetic revolution. Revolutionary in their art and politics, they had seized the freedom of the first decades of the twentieth century to pave a remarkable path from primitivism to cubism and from representation to abstraction.


Programme for the day

  1. Great female artists of the avant-Garde: from embroidery to the Revolution
  2. Goncharova: the shining star of the Russian avant-garde
  3. Liberated woman: the creation of the superwoman after the Bolshevik Revolution
  4. Soviet female sculptors


Dr Natalia Murray graduated from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage. Over the past eight years she has been lecturing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian Art at The Courtauld and at the University of Sussex. She curated Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the RA and lead a Society study day, Art at the time of the Revolution, to link with the exhibition. Natalia is also a trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project.

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