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Wednesday’s woman of art …

September 30, 2015

I love the colours of these linocuts by Lyubov Popova (1889-1924). They are untitled from the portfolio Six Prints (c1917-19) which have watercolour and gouache additions. I would love to see them and discover how this works.  

Popova was among the Russian avant-garde’s most important figures.  Inspired equally by French Cubism, Kazimir Malevich’s abstract Suprematism, Vladimir Tatlin’s theories of Constructivism, and Russian folk art, Popova produced distinctive architectonic compositions in a range of mediums, from painting and works on paper to theatre design and textiles.  It would seem that her use of relief techniques in Six Prints may have been influenced by her experience with textiles which at the time were often printed by woodblock.


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