Natalya Goncharova Gardening 1908

Artwork details

Artist
Natalya Goncharova 1881–1962
Title
Gardening
Date 1908
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1029 x 1232 mm
frame: 1131 x 1334 x 63 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1961
Reference
T00468

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The decorative, stylised quality of this work reflects Goncharova’s interest in the folk arts and religious icons of her native Russia. While contemporaries were looking to so-called ‘primitive’ art beyond Europe, Goncharova celebrated Russia’s indigenous culture. She explained: ‘If I extol the art of my country, then it is because I think that it ... should occupy a more honourable place than it has done hitherto.’ This work is typical of her depictions of peasant life and was made around the time of her stay on a family estate in rural Russia.

March 2005

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