Nadezhda Udaltsova

Nadezhda Andreyevna Udaltsova (Orel 1886 - Moscow 1961) was a Russian and Soviet avant-garde artist.

Nadezhda Udaltsova
Nadezhda Udaltsova


She trained at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from 1905 to 1909. Then, in 1913, she left for Paris at the same time as Lyubov Popova, with whom she shared a studio in Moscow. She trained in cubism and frequented the studios of Jean Metzinger and Henri Le Fauconnier. On her return to Moscow, she produced a few rayonnist compositions. She was also influenced by Malevitch and was part of the Supremus group.

In March 1915, she took part in the Tramway V Exhibition organised by Jean Pougny in Petrograd. Together with Lyubov Popova she presented cubist works from their Parisian period. Cubism had a very different interpretation in Russia than in France. Russian artists are more interested in a new construction than in the interpretation of the thing seen. Russian cubist works are often entirely abstract. They are rather a decorative coordination of colours. Letters are often used as in Braque or Picasso, but they are used to juxtapose different levels of reality and not for themselves2. 2 In the Soviet era her style evolved strongly according to the trends of the time.

Udaltsova was married to the Latvian avant-garde painter Aleksandrs Drēviņš5. When he was arrested as a victim of the Stalinist purges in 1938, she saved many of his paintings, passing them off as her own to the NKVD agents who came to search their flat. Her son Aleksandrs Drēviņš (1921-1996) was a sculptor, the author of the monument to Ivan Krylov in Patriarshiye prudy in Moscow.


The Venusian crater Udaltsova was named in his honour.


Nadezhda Udaltsova (1)
Nadezhda Udaltsova (1)
Nadezhda Udaltsova (2)
Nadezhda Udaltsova (2)


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