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

  • Wednesday 5 June 2019
    (11am-4.15pm )
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
  • Lecturer: Dr Natalia Murray


In line with the retrospective of the leading Russian avant-garde artist, Natalia Goncharova, which will be held at the Tate Modern in summer 2019, 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 led 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 paved 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. Natalia Goncharova – the shining star of the Russian Avant-Garde
  3. Liberated Woman. The creation of the superwoman after the Bolshevik Revolution
  4. Soviet Female Sculptor


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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