1881, Nagayevo (Tula Gubernia) - 1962, Paris



Laundresses is one of Natalia Goncharova’s classical, mature Neo-Primitive paintings. The artist herself defined the sources of such works as the «Scythian stone images and painted wooden dolls sold at fairs.» Goncharova went further than many of her contemporaries and confederates in her aspiration to perceive and rework the devices of the folk masters. She did not so much stylise or imitate as borrow the very specifics of folk creativity — its impersonal power, monumentality and bewitching sacral profundity. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 296.

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