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 Liubov Sergeevna Popova  (1889 - 1924)

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Lived/Active: Russian Federation      Known for: modernist painting-construction

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Liubov Popova was born in 1889, the second child and eldest daughter of the rich and philanthropically inclined owner of a textile factory. The family hone was in a village outside Moscow near her father's factory.  It was a comfortable upbringing, with attentive parents and plenty of servants.  There was no suggestion in this liberal atmosphere that girls were unworthy of further education and Popova attended high school in Moscow before going on to art school in 1908. With more money and time than most of her contemporaries, she threw herself into study and travel, spending weeks visiting every church and monastery in the chain of medieval towns between Moscow and St.Petersburg known as Russia's "Golden Circle". She became involved in plans for spectacles of very ambitious proportions, but conditions kept getting progressively worse with not enough food, heat, clothing, etc. for the people of all Russia, as well as just Moscow.

Popova started a weekly salon at her apartment where she and other painters, such as Udaltsova and her lifelong friend and admirer, Alexander Vesnin, read papers on cubist theory and here Popova met her future husband, an art historian. She was tall, with a good figure, marvelous eyes and luxuriant hair; men fell in love with her all the time. Popova herself did not live long. She died in 1924 at the age of thirty-five, of scarlet fever contracted from her young son, whose death preceded hers by a few days.

Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

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"Unpredictable Past" by Tamara Glenny in Art and Antiques magazine, date unknown

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The creator of what she termed "Painterly Architectonics" and "Painterly Constructions," Popova remains one of the most important female figures in Russian Modernism.  As a young woman, she traveled to France, Italy, and throughout her native Russia.  She studied the Renaissance works and icons in the churches of Pskov and Novgorod along with the avante-garde ideas of Futurism and Constructivism.

Popova's work reflects a flatness that is borrowed from religious icons and Cubism combined with dynamism and a strong sense of movement.  She then began to create what she called "Spatial Force Constructions" which were preparatory sketches for material constructions and by 1921 she devoted herself completely to industrial design.

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