OLGA ROZANOVA ...
'Was it not you who wanted to light up the world in cascades of colour....
Olga Rozanova has died, but your art will shine forever'
Abriged note by Aleksandr Rodchenko on 7 November 1918, the day Olga died. ....
Olga painted, theorised, wrote Zaum (Beyonsense) poetry and worked long hours during the war, at a toxic printing shop, to earn meagre food rations. Innovating with abstract paste-ons in 1915. So she joined the short-lived Supremus Society of abstract painters with Malevich, etc.
Olga eagerly supported the October Revolution in 1917, adding her legendary determination and creativity to join the visual arts section of Narkompros (People's Commissariat for Enlightenment). She died of Dipheria, shortly after collapsing aas she worked on street decorations in Moscow, for first anniversary of the October Revolution.
By 1912, her 'Still Life' contrasts colour. Her objects transcend boring realism. Take a photograph if you want a realistic depiction, it screams.
By 1915, is one of the highlights of her playing card series, the magnificent Queen of Diamonds, suggesting she has trumped the milder innovation of the Jack of Diamonds group . .......
And finally her Decorative Composition of 1916, smashes past reality. She found abstraction around the same time as Malevich.
On news of Olga's death, Lyobov Popova wrote: "I value her highly as an artist, especially in the area of decorative art, and I felt sorry for her as a person, for living was so hard, lonely and sad and she struggled so bravely and cheerfully with the difficulties of life..."
■□ Decorative Composition 1916
□□ Costakis Collection in #thesaloniki in May 2015
□□ Queen of Diamonds 1915
□■ Private Collection #stpetersburg.
Photo in #coulthauld gallery in December 2015
□■ Still Life 1912
□■ #russianstatemusuem in
#malaga in #may 2015
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