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The City Destroyed/Angels Dropping Stones over a City, from War: Mystical Images of War

A work made of lithograph on cream wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of lithograph on cream wove paper.

Date:

1914

Artist:

Natalia Goncharova
Russian, 1881-1962

About this artwork

In this work, the white angels are distinguished from the dark city below, a poetic dichotomy representing the sacred and profane, heaven and earth. The angular quality of the city landscape, smokestacks, windows, and rooftops epitomizes Natalia Goncharova’s Neo-primitivist style through bold, flat, crude shapes. Here angels participate as stealth warriors without any human soldiers visible. With new developments in aerial bombardment, it must have seemed to some that the heavens were unleashing an onslaught of destruction.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Natalia Goncharova

Title

The City Destroyed/Angels Dropping Stones over a City, from War: Mystical Images of War

Origin

Russia

Date

Made 1914

Medium

Lithograph on cream wove paper

Dimensions

308 × 232 mm

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Endowment

Reference Number

1992.4.11

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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