Happy birthday Lyubov Popova !


Lyubov Popova (April 24, 1889-May 25, 1924) was a Russian avant garde artist. She was one of the Supremus group of Russian artists who developed Cubo-Futurism. She was also a participant in the Bolshevik Revolution, lending her artistry to the cause through various forms of propoganda.


Popova was born outside of Moscow into a wealthy, art-oriented family. Her father was Sergei Maximovich Popov, a textile merchant, and her mother was Lyubov Vasilievna Zubova, and was very interested in the arts herself. Popova began studying art at the age of nine, and by 11 was taking formal lessons at home. By 18, she was studying under Stanislav Zhukovsky, and soon after graduated to study under Konstantin Yuon and Ivan Dudin.



Between 1909 and 1914, Popova traveled quite a bit to broaden her artistic perspective. She started in Russia, and by 1913 she was studying in Paris under Nadezhda Udaltsova. In 1914, she traveled around France and Italy just as cubism was starting to take rise.


The Traveler

Popova worked with Cubo-Futurism. She called what she did "painterly architectonics." This was crystallized in 1914, when she released The Violin. Her work over the next three years was characterized by overlapping and intersecting angles, the use of strong primary colors, and a feeling of balanced energy.


The Violin

In 1916 she became part of the Supremus group with Kazimir Malevich, Aleksandra Ekster, Ivan Kliun, Nadezhda Udaltsova, Olga Rozanova, Ivan Puni, Nina Genke, Ksenia Boguslavskaya and others. They worked at the Verbovka Village Folk Centre.




The Model

Popova's work became increasingly aligned with revolutionist ideas, and eventually she was making posters, book design, and theater design. By 1918, Popova characterized herself as constructivist, and she was working with media of all kinds, from books to fabric to production art.

She died in 1924 of scarlet fever.


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  • Birthday Date: Thursday, 24 April 2014
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