Museu Berardo
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 Popova, Liubov Sergeievna (1889 - 1924)

Composition (Blue-Yellow-Black), 1920

Gouache and paper collage on paper ;
44.5 x 29.8 cm

UID 102-458


The Russian painter and designer, Popova began her artistic studies with Stanislau Zhukovsky and Konstatin Yuon, who exerted a strong influence on her first works, particularly through their interest in luminous tonalities reminiscent of Impressionism. She took several trips to various countries: in Italy (1910) she admired Renaissance Art, especially the paintings of Giotto; in various parts of Russia (1910-1911) she was inspired by the architecture and frescoes to follow a less naturalistic approach; in Paris she was strongly influenced by Cubism. Between 1912 and 1913, she studied at the Académie de la Palette under Henri Le Fauconnier and Jean Metzinger who exerted a decisive influence on her works at this time. It was during this period that she painted her first Cubist paintings. In Russia, she worked at the studio of Vladimir Tatlin (1912-15), whose constructions inspired her collages. In 1916, she joined Malevich's Suprematist circle, producing various works and designs for the magazine Supremus. In spite of adopting the geometry and white backgrounds of the Suprematists, Popova's abstract canvases were considerably different. During the Civil War, she worked in the Fine Art Department (IZO) of Narkompros, producing propaganda posters, in 1918 at the State Free Art Studios and, in 1920, she became a member of Inkhuk (Institute of Artistic Culture). She took part in a cycle of debates that led to the formation of the first Constructivist working group and, despite not being a member, worked with two of the founders (Aleksandr Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova), on the 5x5=25 exhibition. She apparently gave up painting in 1921, but her main contribution to Constructivism appeared later in her work for the theatre and textile design. In 1923-24, together with Stepanova, she designed fabrics for the first state textile factory in Moscow. She also designed work clothes and dresses. These works were published and brought to public attention by the magazine, Lef which was launched in 1923 with the aim of promoting Constructivist ideas in various artistic fields. In her various creative phases, Popova showed the influences of Cubism, Suprematism and Constructivism. Nevertheless, she developed her own non-representative style, known as pictorial architectonic.


Liubov Popova & Kazimir Malevich
Leonard Hutton Galleries, USA
18-04-1986 ~ 30-05-1986

Liubov Popova
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NY), USA
13-02-1991 ~ 23-04-1991

Liubov Popova
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
19-06-1991 ~ 18-08-1991

Liubov Popova
Museum Ludwig, Germany
01-10-1991 ~ 30-11-1991

Liubov Popova
Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain
18-12-1991 ~ 16-02-1992

Karo-Dame - Konstruktive, Konkrete und Radikale Kunst von Frauen von 1914 bis heute
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Germany
28-05-1995 ~ 30-07-1995

Here and Now: On Minimal Art in The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
18-10-2003 ~ 22-02-2004

The Berardo Collection - A Voyage through the 20th Century
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-12-2004 ~ 30-04-2005

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Avant-Garde Dialogues
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian /CAMJAP, Portugal
15-11-2006 ~ 15-01-2007

Arte no Tempo de Shostakovich, CCB Módulo 2
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
20-09-2006 ~ 20-11-2006

Fragmentos Arte Contemporânea na Colecção Berardo
MACE, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal
24-09-2010 ~ 23-01-2011


Here and Now: On Minimal Art in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972990300X

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Karo-Dame - Konstruktive, Konkrete und Radikale Kunst von Frauen von 1914 bis heute, 1995
Published by Aargauer Kunsthaus

Liubov Popova, 1992
Published by Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Liubov Popova, 1991
Published by Museum Ludwig

Liubov Popova, 1991
Published by The Museum of Modern Art

Liubov Popova, 1991
Published by Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Liubov Popova & Kazimir Malevich, 1986
Published by Leonard Hutton Galleries

Nicholas Fox Weber, Art: Russian Constructivism – Dynamic Aesthetic of A revolutionary Era, 1993
Published by Architectural Digest, vol. 50, no. 9, September 1993

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