Natalia Gontcharova raging against the machine since 1881


One Does Not Understand Life Immediately

Natalia Gontcharova Quotes

From her time as an young outspoken shaker of the status quo in Moscow through to her eventual position as a respected and unique fixture of the art world in Paris, Natalia Gontcharova always had a way with words... here, for your reading pleasure, are a few of her most memorable thoughts in quotes...

Pathetic Snails will Stick to any Great Ship

Natalia Gontcharova Spring In The City

In February of 1912, Natalia Gontcharova took part in the Jack of Diamonds public debate held at the Moscow Polytechnical Museum. As her speech was ultimately cut off by the ensuing furor, she wrote this letter to the Russian press (via the Russkoe Slovo/Russian Word) as a means of completing her public statement...

Punk Before Punk Rock

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Natalia Sergeevna Gontcharova (1881-1962), the greatest modern artist you’ve never heard of, led an amazing life that spanned continents, decades and artistic movements...

A Sharp Stab In The Heart

Mir Iskusstva Group B. Kustodiev

We, rayonists and futurists, do not wish to speak about new or old art, and even less about modern Western art. We leave the old art to die and leave the “new” art to do battle with it...

Shaking Off the Dust of the West

Natalia Gontcharova Moscow

I aspire toward nationality and the East, not to narrow the problems of art but, on the contrary, to make it all-embracing and universal. If I extol the art of my country, then it is because I think that it fully deserves this and should occupy a more honorable place than it has done hitherto...

From Tula Province to Paris

Natalia Gontcharova Tula to Paris

Natalia Gontcharova's life in a year-by-year timeline dating from 1881 to 1962 and across locations stretching from the Russian countryside near Moscow to the heart of Paris.

Natalia Gontcharova raging against the machine since 1881