Costume Design for One of the Three Kings in 'La Liturgie' by Natalia Goncharova art print
35.6 x 28 cm art print featuring the artwork Costume Design for One of the Three Kings in 'La Liturgie' by Russia artist Natalia Goncharova from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.
This collaged costume design dates from 1915. That year, Sergei Diaghilev and the choreographer Léonide Massine conceived La Liturgie, a ballet about the Passion of Christ, and asked Goncharova and her partner Mikhail Larionov to design the costumes. The ballet was never performed. Goncharova’s collage combines the modernity of collage with the tradition of icon painting and early Russian Lubok (peasant woodblock) art.
Goncharova was one of the earliest of the Modernist collage artists. Her cover for the book Mirskontsa (The World Backwards), written by Kruchenykh and Khlebnikov, contains what has been called the first collaged book cover. It was published in December 1912 in an edition of 220. All the covers bear a flower design, quite crudely cut with scissors from different kinds of paper.