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Goncharova held a major exhibition in Moscow in 1913 and was immediately recognised as one of the key figures of the new generation of Russian artists. By that stage she had already passed through an early primitivist style, rooted in local folklore, before developing an abstract style featuring linear forms derived from rays of light. She and her partner Mikhail Larionov called this style Rayonism (or Rayism). The energetic rendering of this drawing captures a sense of dynamic force.

November 2012