Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Nathalie Gontcharova

Happy Birthday Nathalie Gontcharova!! One of the rare Russian women painters, Gontcharova was born in 1881. She was an illustrator, costume and set designer, and avant-garde painter in the “Cubo-Futuristic style. Her great aunt was married to Alexander Pushkin, considered to be the greatest Russian Poet. She began by studying sculpture, but then moved to painting. She and her husband helped organize the Donkey’s Tail exhibit in 1912, a showing of Russian work meant to establish Russian art separate from European influence. She eventually became a French citizen and designed sets for various ballets. Gontcharova’s work leaned toward Futurism, as exemplified in the painting titled Cyclist below.

Futurism-Primarily an Italian style, Futurism attempts to transform the still surface of reality to movement.

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