Sale: 415 / Modern Art, June 06. 2014 in Munich Lot 214

 
214
Ljubov Sergeevna Popova
Raum-Kraft Komposition, Um 1921-22.
Gouache
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 30,000
Sold:
€ 34,160 / $ 40.992

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description
Raum-Kraft Komposition. Um 1921-22.
Gouache on board.
Verso with an arrow indicating the direction, presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. 39,2 x 29 cm (15,4 x 11,4 in), size of sheet. [JS].

One of the extremely rare works by the Russian artist on the international auction market

Other than specified in the catalog, this lot number may also be subject to differential taxation + 7% import turnover tax (savings of 5% in comparison with regular taxation).
Accompanied by a photo confirmation issued Dr. Miroslav Lamac on 17 May, 1973, as well as a photo confirmation by Dr. Andrei Nakov from 11 December, 1989 and a further photo confirmation by Prof. Dmitry V. Sarabianov from 16 October, 1991.

PROVENANCE: Private collection.
Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne (1973).
Galerie Stolz, Cologne (1988-89, with label on rear of frame)
Barry Friedman Ltd., New York.
Private collection (acquired from previosuly mentioned in 1989).

EXHIBITION: Progressive russische Kunst. Der Aufbruch bis 1930. Lev Nusberg und die Moskauer Gruppe >Bewegung<, Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne 29 March - 5.1973, cat. no. 71 (with full-page illu.).
Konstruktivismus - Suprematismus. Dreißig Jahre europäische Avantgarde, Galerie Stolz, Cologne, October 1988 - February 1989, with full-page illu. on p. 123.

Ljubov Popowa, important and early deceased representative of Russian avant-garde, was born into a wealthy family in Iwanowskoje near Moscow in 1889. After she had received teacher training, she began to study art with Stanislav Zhukovsky and Konstantin Yuon. Ljubov Popowa also found inspiration on her numerous journeys. First and foremost, her sojourn in Paris must be mentioned: As student at the Académie de la Palette, Ljubov Popowa was taught by Henri Le Fauconnier and Jean Metzinger in winter 1912/13. Her work was substantially influenced by her direct examination of this highly modern Cubism. Back in Moscow, Vladimir Tatlin influenced the further development of her artistic development, furthermore, she was acknowledged by circles around Kazimir Malevich.

Despite her timely death at the age of 35, Ljubow Popowa left behind a remarkably comprehensive and versatile oeuvre. Popowa's unusually innovative work, which reaches from Cubism and Cubo-Futurism all the way to various manifestations of Constructivism, reflects the most decisive moment when Russian art performed the step from figuration to abstraction. Popowa is not only regarded one of the protagonists of constructivist thinking, but "her work is constructivist painting of the most accomplished kind" (Magdalena Dabrowski, Ljubow Popowa - Die Künstlerin als Konstrukteurin, in: Ljubow Popowa 1889 - 1924, Munich 1991, p. 9). In the catalog for her commemorative exhibition in Moscow in December 1924, Popowa's contemporaries call her a "construction artist" and – in line with today's appreciation– declare her last constructivist period of creation between1921 and 1924 her central one. As of 1921 Popowa made the work complex "Spatial Force Constructions", of which our work is a part. Popowa's Spatial Force Constructions present innovative solutions for the treatment of form, space and matter. As far as form is concerned, it is reduced to lines, fields and circle fragments, Popowa developed just the kind of strict composition in which a network of diagonals in various strengths seems to spread out beyond the limits of the work's surface. Accordingly, associations of a section of an industrial object are evoked. By means of cross-fading various image levels, a strong impression of spatial depth is created, which – just as it is the case with this fine gouache – is a central feature of this important work complex.

Works by the avant-garde artist Ljubov Popowa are presented in renowned international museums today, for example in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg or the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki. At the age of 35 Ljubov Popowa died of typhoid fever in Moscow in 1924.

214
Ljubov Sergeevna Popova
Raum-Kraft Komposition, Um 1921-22.
Gouache
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 30,000
Sold:
€ 34,160 / $ 40.992

(incl. 22% surcharge)