Natalia Goncharova, Design with birds and flowers. Study for textile design for House of Myrbor 1925-28. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow c ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019

Natalia Goncharova, Design with birds and flowers. Study for textile design for House of Myrbor 1925-28. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow c ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019

NATALIA GONCHAROVA 

WHAT? NATALIA GONCHAROVA 

WHERE? Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

WHEN?  Now until 8th September

WHY GO? For a full-on, bold Russian fest from a real drama queen of an artist. Natalia Goncharova was a woman of many talents; she was an artist, illustrator, writer, costume /set designer plus a fashion forward innovator setting trends with her eclectic style of dress.

Born to aristocrats in 1881, she was privileged but had radical artistic views and was not afraid to flaunt them in an astonishing volume of diverse work depicting everything from peasants ploughing to saints praying.  Her work embraced every movement from Expressionism to Cubism and was once, affectionately referred to as ‘everythingism’!  She travelled widely, ending up finally in Paris, as many Russian artists of that era did, where she died in 1962 at the age of 81. 

IN THE KNOW? Perversely avant garde, Russian design goes full circle! The set and costume designs Goncharova created for Stravinsky’s Firebird in 1926 were reconstructed for this season’s recent Royal Opera House production which closed on 14th June.