Lot 337
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LYUBOV POPOVA | Untitled (Seated Nude)

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  • Lyubov Popova
  • Untitled (Seated Nude)
  • Pencil on paper
  • 10 5/8  by 8 1/8 in.
  • 27 by 20.6 cm
  • Executed circa 1914.


Dmitri Sarabianov, Moscow
Dr. Istvan Schlegel, Zurich
Galerie Gilles Gheerbrandt, Montreal
Acquired from the above on March 7, 1987


Larissa Alekseevna Zhadova, ed., Tatlin, London, 1988, no. 59, illustrated n.p.
Karen Thomson, ed., The Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montreal, 2015, no. 105, illustrated in color p. 102

Catalogue Note

In the spring of 1914, Popova returned to Moscow from Paris where she had been studying Cubism at Académie La Palette under the instruction of Henri Le Fauconnier and Jean Metzinger. She quickly earned Metzinger’s praise, as fellow student Natalia Udaltsova noted in her diary (not without a tinge of jealousy). Neither Tatlin or Malevich had the funds to travel to Paris however, and there was nowhere in Russia which taught these pioneering methods. Tatlin’s solution was to transform his studio on Ostozhenka street into an imitation Paris academy, soon dubbed "Tatlin’s Tower," which served as a hub for debating Cubism as well as practicing the art, allowing students to club together to pay for models. Popova’s abstract drawings from this period are powerful, and stand out for their maturity, finished sculptural qualities and superb shading. Tatlin was impressed and rumor had it that he wanted to pay good money for private lessons on Cubism from Popova. The present work is a prime example of the Cubist works she produced in “Tatlin’s Tower” at this critical early juncture for the Russian avant-garde.
We are grateful to Dr Aleksandra Shatskikh for providing this catalogue note.