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Directional Lines (or, Dissonance)

Photo Credit: Richard Sanders, Des Moines

Directional Lines (or, Dissonance)

Artist: Olga Rozanova (Russian, 1886 - 1918)
Date: 1913
Medium: Oil on lined linen
Frame: 50 7/8 × 42 1/4 × 3 1/8 in. (129.2 × 107.3 × 7.9 cm.)
Image (visible): 39 1/2 × 30 7/8 in. (100.3 × 78.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center's Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women; Given in honor of Jim Demetrion, 2002.5
Accession number: 2002.5
Classification: painting
Label TextDirectional Lines dates from one of the most creative periods of Rozanova’s career, when she was aligned with a collective of Russian avant-garde artists called the Union of Youth. It was painted in the same year Rozanova published her theoretical treatise, in which she was one of the first Russian artist to advocate total abstraction in art. Her works of this period have been described as Cubo-Futurist, and are based on division of space, interaction of color, and discordant linear constructions. Directional Lines demonstrates these techniques, presenting elements of a landscape subverted by rich surface texture, energetic brush strokes, and dramatic use of black lines.
InscriptionCollezione F.T. Marinetti (verso u,c canvas; c stretcher bar)
Exhibition History"Louise Noun Collection of Art by Woman", The University of Iowa and the Des Moines Art Center, ill.

"Iowa Collects", Des Moines Art Center, 1985, cat. p. 21

"The Russian Avant Garde: 1910-1925", Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Washington, DC, cat. no. 327

"N.Y. Russian Avant-Garde 1908-1922", 1971-1972, cat. no. 111 (color ill, p. 76)

"Gallerie Vittoria Emanuele", Milano, Italy, 1970, cat. no. 29

"Avantgarde Osteuropa 1910-1930", Akademie der Kunste, Berline, Germany, 1967

"Il Contributo Russo Alle Avanguardie Plastiche", Galleria del Levante, Milano, Italy, 1964

"Exposizione Libera Futurista Internazionale", Gallerie Sprovieri, Rome, Italy, April - May 1914, Cat. no. 3

"St. Petersburg Union of Youth", St. Petersburg, Russia, November 23 , 1913 - January 23, 1914, cat no. 115
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