Michel Larionov Nocturne c.1913–4

Artwork details

Artist
Michel Larionov 1881–1964
Title
Nocturne
Noktyurn
Date c.1913–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 502 x 610 mm
frame: 580 x 692 x 40 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Eugène Mollo and the artist 1953
Reference
N06192
Not on display

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Around 1912 Larionov and his partner Natalya Goncharova developed an approach to abstract painting called Rayonism. Influenced by Futurism, the style emerged from their attempts to depict the dynamic intersection of rays of light. Nocturne probably originated as an Impressionist landscape which Larionov reworked as a Rayonist composition. ‘This painting was inspired by the dusk at Odessa’, he wrote in 1954. ‘It is a problem of the combination of staircases, interiors and exteriors of houses and represents the pressure of the body of dark colours on the semi-light tones – the conflict of colours if you wish.’

June 2011

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