1881, Nagayevo (Tula Gubernia) - 1962, Paris



  • oil on canvas. 78 x 105
  • ЖБ-1600

  • Received in 1926

Cyclist is often regarded as one of the archetypal works of Futurist painting, both in Natalia Goncharova’s oeuvre as a whole and the Russian art of the early 1910s in general. It embodies such typical features of Futurism as constant repetition, dislocation of the contours of the figure, which seems to be recorded in temporal and spatial sequence, and the interspersion of fragments of street signs, in order to convey the bustle, noise and movement of the city. The composition of the painting is, however, horizontally and vertically balanced and assiduously regulated, thereby distinguishing it from the classical works of Futurism. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 299.

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