The Pianist, 1915
Russian, 1889 - 1924
oil on canvas
106.5 x 88.7 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14930)
Liubov Popova, the daughter of a wealthy Russian merchant, spent several months in Paris during the winter of 1912–13. In this grand composition, the artist combines the influences of Cubism and Futurism in a complex and dynamic fragmentation of the human figure. She demonstrates great confidence by tackling a major, large composition based on an abstract pattern of intersecting curved and rectilinear planes. Further drama arises from the interplay of black-and-white tones and the texturally rich surface that includes sand and conveys the illusion of wood.
Popova family, Moscow, Russia 
1957 – 1966/05/03
Victor C. Moore (1918–2000), Kingston, ON, Canada, purchased from the Popova family through George Costakis (1913–1990) 
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Victor C. Moore 
 Canadian diplomat Victor C. Moore purchased the painting in 1957 in Moscow from a relative of Liubov Popova. George Costakis, a Russian citizen of Greek descent and collector of Russian avant-garde art who was then working for the Canadian embassy in Moscow, acted as an intermediary in the sale [letter from Victor C. Moore to Sylvia Giroux, collections and research, NGC, dated June 17, 1981, NGC curatorial file].
 See note .
 Accession Log [NGC curatorial file].