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

Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova; Author: Aleksandr Rubakin; Publisher: Aleksandr Rubakin , in Paris

Lithographs and lithographed text; bound volume

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton B.89.2

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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.

Image: No Copyright–United States. Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

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