Liubov Popova

The Pianist

1915
Liubov Popova, the daughter of a wealthy Russian merchant, spent several months in Paris during the winter of 1912-13. In this grand composition, Popova combines the influences of Cubism and Futurism in a complex and dynamic fragmentation of the human figure. Popova shows great confidence by tackling a major, large composition based on an abstract pattern of intersecting curved and rectilinear planes. Further drama is created by the interplay of black-and-white tones and the texturally rich surface that includes sand as well as the illusion of wood.

1957
Popova family, Moscow, Russia [1]

1957 1966/05/03
Victor C. Moore (19182000), Kingston, ON, Canada, purchased from the Popova family through George Costakis (19131990) [2]

1966/05/03

National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Victor C. Moore [3]

[1] 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].

[2] See note [1].

[3] Accession Log [NGC curatorial file].


Title
The Pianist
Date
1915
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
106.5 x 88.7 cm
Nationality
Russian
Credit line
Purchased 1966
Accession number
14930