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GONCHAROVA, Natalia.; PUSHKIN, Alexander.

Conte de Tsar Saltan,

et de son fils le glorieux et puissant prince Guidon Saltanovitch et de sa belle princesse Cygne.

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Paris, Éditions de la Sirène, 1921

Natalia Goncharova's great-aunt Natalia Nikolaevna Goncharova was married to the poet Alexander Pushkin, who originally wrote this text (based on a traditional Russian folk tale) in 1831. This book brings together the charm of Pushkin's lyricism and the beauty of Goncharova's colourful and sympathetic designs. The intricate floral motifs are redolent of peasant embroidery which Goncharova was surrounded by in her childhood. As Bilibin said (who also liked including rich fabrics in his work) there is a certain poetry in Russian textile design.

Goncharova was also inspired by lubki, cheaply produced popular prints which were hand-coloured with diluted tempera. Their bold lines, flattened figures and high-contrast bright colours attracted Goncharova and other avant-garde artists for their 'primitive' nature. Especially now exiled in Paris she was keen to establish an eastern lineage to her style, having said before 'now I shake the dust from my feet and leave the West, considering its

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Limited edition, one of 529 numbered copies on papier velin (no. 126), from a total edition of 599, 4to (29.7 x 23 cm); 48pp., 10 full-page illustrations and 6 carpet pages, decorative borders and ornamental initials throughout, all after designs by Goncharova hand coloured by pochoir, some minor staining, pages cut and unbound, in the original lithographed portfolio, without the fabric tie, inner joint slightly cracked, spine faded but the original boards exceptionally bright, an excellent example.


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