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...
We Stretch Out Our Hands To The Futurists
I Wish To Display My Artistic Development
Throughout her career in both Russia and the West, Natalia Gontcharova showcased her work in a series of solo exhibitions beginning in 1910. Though solo in name - these exhibitions often also included collaborations with and works by Gontcharova's life-long creative and domestic partner, Mikhail Larionov.
I Destroy This Holy Of Holies
The term 'Anti-Individualist' is an unusual description for an artist, one that runs exactly contrary to the prevailing Individualism that runs throughout Modern Art. Yet 'The Anti-Individualist' is very much an accurate description of Natalia Gontcharova, one that might uniquely be applied only to her among her contemporaries in the modern art movement of the first part of the 20th century. She...
We Wish To Leave Deep Footprints Behind Us
Beauty In The Fourth Dimension
Natalia Gontcharova, perhaps above all else, was a spiritual painter. She created art according to her personal sense of modern devotion. She was pious, humble, charitable and obedient. This deep grounding in faith is present throughout her entire body of work but reveals itself in different ways at different stages of her life and career...
I Am Opening Up The East
We Demand A Knowledge Of Painterly Craftsmanship
Do Not Ever Destroy Your Paintings
May My Example and My Words Be A Good Lesson
Natalia Sergeevna Gontcharova was born and raised in pre-revolutionary Russia. As a student she was taught to write her name in the cyrillic alphabet (Наталиа Гонтчарова), and early in her career as an artist she signed works with both her full name or just her initials, often in the form of a monogram...