(n/a) Lydia Masterkova (Russian, 1927-2008) 'Sola perduta abandonata'

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Lot 90*
(n/a) Lydia Masterkova
(Russian, 1927-2008)
'Sola perduta abandonata'

£ 120,000 - 180,000US$ 150,000 - 230,000
Amended
(n/a) Lydia Masterkova (Russian, 1927-2008)
'Sola perduta abandonata'
signed 'L. Masterkova 90.' (lower right); further titled and dated on verso, stretcher applied with label from Mimi Ferzt Gallery
oil with collage on canvas
100 x 81cm (39 3/8 x 31 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    New York, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, Nonobjective, 13 December, 2007-11 January, 2008.

    Literature:
    Nonobjectove, Exhibition Catalogue, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, 2007, p.22, illustrated.

    From the very beginning of her artistic career, Lydia Masterkova was a member of the Lianozovo group of unofficial painters and poets. Other members of this group were Oscar Rabin, Vladimir Nemukhin, Nikolay Vechtomov, Evgeniy and Lev Kropivnitskiy, Valentina Kropivnitskaya and Olga Potapova. As a group of non-conformists, they were the most uncompromising, fighting not only for artistic freedom, but also for the right to exhibit their works.

    Although part of the wider movement of unofficial art, Masterkova was constantly seeking out her own unique style. She was one of the most fervent advocates of abstract art, and already by the end of the 1950s, she was painting abstract works in bright colours and with elements of collage, juxtaposing floral, organic forms with abstract planes. By the mid 1960s, her pallete had become darker but at the same time, richer, and in her collages she used old embroideries and church rizas. The 70s onwards saw Masterkova creating more dramatic works: black and white paintings and works on paper with constructivist leanings.

    Masterkova's paintings reveal an inherent belief in the spirituality of art. Casting herself as the heir to the strong artistic traditions of the Russian Avant-garde of the early 20th century, Masterkova drew inspiration from Malevich's Black Squares, as well as from Russian religious icons. Her decision to pursue an independent and unique path as an artist prompts comparisons with such 'Russian Amazons' as Goncharova, Popova and Exter.

    Today Lydia Masterkova is considered to be among the top ten unofficial painters who have achieved recognition in the West. Her works are in many private collections in Moscow, Paris, New York, and in the Tretyakov Gallery, MOMA and the Zimmerli Art Museum.

    We are grateful to Alexander Glezer for his assistance in writing this catalogue entry.

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  • Please note that the dates for the artist should read (1927-2008) and that the Artists Resale Right levy is no longer applicable.
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