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The scarce publication reproducing Goncharova and Larionov’s works for the avant-garde stage, an exceptional copy that includes the two very rare additional colour pochoir plates by Larionov.
From the edition limited to 515 copies, with this one of 100 large paper, broadsheet subscriber copies signed by Goncharova and Larionov and numbered in ink and including the very scarce two additional prints. Usual copies are folded, showing often the mark of the fold on the plates.
The two additional prints, each a vibrant reproduction of a work by Larionov in pochoir, are on a thick and fibrous, tan / yellow handmade paper of larger size than the wrappers for the book (512 x 330 mmm / 510 x 340 mm); these two pochoirs are very uncommon and it is rare to find them included with the portfolio.
Goncharova and Larionov are credited with bringing cubism to the theatre, Goncharova with the ‘Coq d’Or’ of 1914 and Larionov with ‘Les Contes Russes’ in 1915. This impressive portfolio was published for Larionov and Goncharova’s large exhibition of their theatrical work, held at the Galerie Barbazanges to celebrate their arrival in Paris. It comprises a series of pochoirs and prints of several of the designs on display. Valentin Parnack’s essay discusses Larionov’s theories about dance and theatre, and singles out the artist as the initiator of new types of choreography, including dances based on free movements, types of gait, animal movements, mechanical dance, and social dance related to work.
‘Entre les nouvelles formes que le vingtième siècle a données aux arts, l’expression nouvelle de l’art décoratif fut trouvée par la génie de deux peintres – Larionow et Gontcharova.’ (From the text by Valentin Parnak).
Bibliography See lot 190 in the sale ‘Une Bibliothèque de Connaisseur’, Guy Loudmer, Paris, December 1989.