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The Traveler, 1915

Liubov Popova

Russian, 1889-1924
Oil on canvas
56 x 41-1/2 in. (142.2 x 105.4 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1967.11.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Liubov Popova was one of the most progressive voices of pre-revolutionary Russia. Born into a wealthy Moscow family, she traveled widely in her formative years. After studying Cubism in Paris in 1912, Popova began experimenting with nonobjective art. Her 1915 painting The Traveler teeters on the edge of abstraction, though like other Cubists, never crosses the line into the non-objective. While the composition is broken into fragments, we can still discern remnants of reality. In the center sits a woman in a black cape and hat. She wears a yellow beaded necklace, carries a bright green umbrella and appears to be traveling on a bus or a train. Glimpses of a railing, green grass and striped banners suggest the scenery through which she passes.

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Artist: Popova, Liubov 1 of 1