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Renoir: Intimacy

From 18 October 2016 to 22 January 2017

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
After the Luncheon, 1879
Oil on canvas. 100.5 x 81.3 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
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Natalia Goncharova
Composition with Blue Rectangle
ca. 1950-59
Gouache on paper
47.7 x 26.7 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 561 (1976.93)

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Natalia Goncharova is remembered for her Primitivist and Rayonist paintings, her ballet designs and her hectic life as an avant-garde artist. In 1919 Goncharova settled permanently in Paris with Larionov, and both were granted French nationality in 1938. In 1955, after living together for fifty-five years, they decided to marry. This had a beneficial and restorative effect, as their lives were slowly ebbing away due to their precarious health and paltry finances.

The present Composition with Blue Rectangle, more than a work in its own right, appears to be a small abstract study for a decoration or textile design. John Bowlt and Nicoletta Misler connect it with a series of cosmic paintings Goncharova made in 1957 to mark the famous launch of the first Sputnik.

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