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Les lutteurs

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Crédit photographique : © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
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À propos de l'œuvre

Natalia Gontcharova (1881 - 1962)

Les lutteurs

[1909 - 1910]

Huile sur toile

118,5 x 103,5 cm

Donation de l'Etat soviétique, 1988

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1988-878

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Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

Gontcharova takes up the theme of wrestling, symbolising a close-quarters battle with painting, a favourite motif of the avant-gardes.

Natalia Gontcharova was one of the first Russian artists to take an interest in the work of Paul Gauguin, discovered in the collection of Serguei Shchukin, from which she retained the synthetical forms outlined in black and a desire to revive a certain primitivism, far from the values of bourgeois society. The choice of subject, the aggressive colours and the monumental bodies governed by the "law of the frame" manifest this return to an archaic and intuitive...

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

Natalia Goncharova’s Les Porteuses was part of a work originally consisting of nine panels. Typical of the neo-primitivism that emerged in Russia in 1907, the painting draws on a variety of local traditions. The monumentality of the figures set against the blue background derives from Russian iconpainting, while the thick ochre contours recall the popular woodcut. To this quest for a new national style Goncharova harnesses recent advances in West European art, the simplification of forms and colours and the rejection of perspective recalling notably the works of Paul Gauguin.

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