Before you invest hundreds of dollars in an authentication investigation, consider our Preliminary Opinion service. For $150, it is the most economical approach to get an initial opinion about the authenticity of your artwork.

Natalia Goncharova Authentication (Наталья Сергеевна Гончарова) (1881-1962)

Do you think you may own a painting by Natalia Goncharova? We perform art authentications, art appraisals, art research and provide Certificates of Authenticity (COA) as well as consultations, for all paintings by Natalia Goncharova.

Self-Portrait with Yellow Lillies 1907

Self-Portrait with Yellow Lillies 1907

Natalia Goncharova was a prominent Russian avant-garde artist (Cubo-Futurism), painter and costume designer. She was born in Nagaevo village near Tula, Russia in 1881. Goncharova studied sculpture at the Moscow Academy of Art, but turned to painting in 1904. She was deeply inspired by the primitive aspects of Russian folk art and attempted to emulate it in her own work while incorporating elements of fauvism and cubism. Together with her husband Mikhail Larionov she first developed Rayonism. They were the main progenitors of the pre-Revolution Russian avant-garde organizing the Donkey's Tail exhibition of 1912 and showing with the Der Blaue Reiter in Munich the same year.

Cyclist 1913

Cyclist 1913

The Donkey's Tail was conceived as an intentional break from European art influence and the establishment of an independent Russian school of modern art. However, the influence of Russian Futurism is much in evidence in Goncharova's later paintings. Initially preoccupied with icon painting and the primitivism of ethnic Russian folk-art, Goncharova became famous in Russia for her Futurist work such as The Cyclist and her later Rayonnist works. As leaders of the Moscow Futurists, they organized provocative lecture evenings in the same vein as their Italian counterparts. Goncharova was also involved with graphic design – writing and illustrating a book in Futurist style.

Sheep Shearing

Sheep Shearing

Goncharova was a member of the Der Blaue Reiter avant-garde group from its founding in 1911. In 1915, she began to design ballet costumes and sets in Geneva. She moved to Paris in 1921 where she designed a number of stage sets of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. In 1962 she died in Paris.

Peasants Dancing

Peasants Dancing

Still wondering about a Russian avant-garde painting in your family collection? Contact us...it could be by Natalia Goncharova.