Nadezhda Udaltsova (1886-1961)
Oil on canvas
The composition presents a male figure playing a cord instrument. The dynamic brushstrokes and use of geometric lines and figures create a perpetual movement in contrast to the paper wall. After returning to Russia, she worked in Vladimir Tatlin’s studio. From 1910 to 1914 she was a member of the union of artists Soyuz Molodyozhi, together with David Burliuk, Vladimir Burliuk, Pavel Filonov, Kazimir Malevich, Ivan Kliun. In 1915, she joined the movement of Kazimir Malevich’s followers Supremus, and in 1915–1916, together with other suprematist artists worked at the Verbovka Village Folk Centre. Cubist Portrait reflects her work during these intense years of creation influenced by major European cubist artists of her time.