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La Forêt [The Forest]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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La Forêt [The Forest] About 1913

On Display Modern One

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.

Glossary Open


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.


An Italian literary and artistic movement that began in 1909 led by the writer Filippo Tommasso Marinetti. It rejected the culture of the past and embraced new technology, emphasising speed and dynamism. It used the Cubist techniques of fragmentation and shifting viewpoints to represent these ideals in paint. Futurism also had a political aspect and was closely associated with Italian Fascism.


Russian avant-garde movement invented by the artists Mikhail Larionov and his partner Natalya Goncharova. Influenced by Cubism and Futurism, the style was characterised by dynamically intersecting lines or rays.

Cubism , Figurative art, Futurism, Rayism/Rayonism


  • Acc. No. GMA 1674
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 53.80 x 81.00 cm (framed: 69.00 x 96.00 x 6.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1977