Natalya Goncharova

La Forêt [The Forest]

About this artwork

This work was painted at a time when Goncharova was experimenting with a style derived from Cubism and Futurism, which became known as Rayism or Rayonism. Yet the planes in this picture suggest its Cubist influences most strongly, as opposed to the lines or rays which characterise Rayism. The painting also retains strong figurative elements, in the shapes suggesting trees. The subject of the forest appears several times in the artist's work in 1912 and 1913, which was a particularly productive period for Goncharova. She designed both sets and costumes for a Moscow theatre, and this painting may have been made with a future theatre set design in mind.

  • title:
    La Forêt [The Forest]
  • accession number:
    GMA 1674
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1913
  • measurements:
    53.80 x 81.00 cm (framed: 68.80 x 95.90 x 6.70 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1977
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Natalya Goncharova

Natalya Goncharova