54 numbered pages and 52 illustrations by Goncharova, of which 9 are full-page; title printed in black; binding: glued wove paper wrappers. Lithographic reproduction of the author's handwritten Cyrillic text.

Gorod: Stikhi (The City: Verses), 1920

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Natalia Goncharova permanently settled in Paris in 1917 along with her companion, the Russian avant-garde painter Mikhail Larionov. Her evocative illustrations for “The City” reflect her artistic evolution from Neo-Primitivism and Futurism to a theatrical lyricism, derived from her work as a stage designer for the renowned Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Aleksandr Rubakin’s romanticized poems about Paris chronicle the city as it evolves into a modern urban center. Together, the poems and illustrations present a vision of a dynamic, vital metropolis—exciting, full of movement, and encompassing the human and emotional elements of modern city life.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Gorod: Stikhi (The City: Verses)
Artist Life
Russian, 1881–1962
Role
Artist
Accession Number
B.89.2
Provenance
(Elizabeth Phillips, New York City, via 1989 MIA Print & Drawing Council Exhibtion & Sale; no. 80); sold to MIA, 1989.
Catalogue Raisonne
V&A 58; Rowell/Wye 292; Logan/Johnson p. 97
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54 numbered pages and 52 illustrations by Goncharova, of which 9 are full-page; title printed in black; binding: glued wove paper wrappers. Lithographic reproduction of the author's handwritten Cyrillic text.