Natalia Goncharova, 'Hiver', 92 x 65
Lot 40*
Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962) Winter: the wood gatherer
Sold for £150,000 (US$ 235,035) inc. premium

Lot Details
(n/a) Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962)
Winter: the wood gatherer
signed in Latin (lower right); verso further signed, numbered '26' and titled 'Hiver', with exhibition label from the Arts Council of Great Britain for the artist's joint retrospective with Larionov in 1961
oil on canvas
92 x 65cm (36 1/4 x 25 9/16in).

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Leeds, City Art Gallery, under the auspices of the Arts Council of Great Britain, A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Designs for the Theatre/ Larionov and Goncharova, 9-30 September, 1961;
    Bristol, City Art Gallery, under the auspices of the Arts Council of Great Britain, A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Designs for the Theatre/ Larionov and Goncharova, 14 October-4 November, 1961;
    London, Arts Council Gallery, under the auspices of the Arts Council of Great Britain, A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Designs for the Theatre/ Larionov and Goncharova, 16 November-16 December, 1961.

    Literature:
    Exhibition catalogue, Mary Chamot and Camilla Gray, eds., A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Designs for the Theatre/ Larionov and Goncharova, Arts Council of Great Britain, Graphis Press, London, 1961, no.89, illustrated and listed as 'Lent by the artist' for the purposes of the exhibition.

    Peasant toil was a predominant motif in the early works of Natalia Goncharova. Returning to this subject during the 1920s-1930s, Goncharova looked to her works from the 1910s for inspiration. The present lot draws on these early works, such as ‘Winter; The wood gatherers’ and ‘Frost’, both in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. The sharp dynamism of these two earlier works is replaced in the offered lot with an impressionistic rendering of the theme, a trait of Goncharova’s later style.

    In 1961 the Arts Council of Great Britain held a Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Designs for the Theatre by Larionov and Goncharova, curated by Mary Chamot and Camilla Gray, where the present lot was exhibited. A large majority of the works exhibited were lent by Larionov and Goncharova, as well as by private collectors, such as Sir John Rothenstein, Director of the Tate Gallery, London, from 1938-1964. Sir John Rothenstein was a prime advocate and supporter of both Larionov and Goncharova and this exhibition at three key galleries in England was due in no small part to his promotion of their work.
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