Vera Pestel (1987-1952)
Collage with Blue pot
Oil on Canvas and mixed media
Although she was a dedicated Cubo-Futurist who joined Malevich and his followers into the Suprematist field, Vera Pestel (1987-1952) could not sustain the intellectualizing principles and ultra-revolutionary abstraction that was at the core of the movement. In 1916, at the height of their popularity Pestel told Tatlin and Malevich what they, and she, were doing was wrong and would never be recognized. She was right.
The Russian avant-garde died out by the 1930s as the Bolsheviks saw in painting a valuable social and political tool. She reverted to traditional figurative painting at that time. Collage, circa 1916, contains all the trappings of both synthetic and analytical cubism as well as the inclusion of painted and glued textures. The violin, newspaper, typography and a compilation of overlapping geometric shapes of varying hues make for a classic composition of the style.