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Natalia Goncharova

Designer

Biography

Russian designer Natalia Goncharova was born in Moscow in 1881 and studied at the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architechture. She was a founding member of Moscow’s first radical independent exhibiting group, the Jack of Diamonds.

She moved to Paris in 1921 and while living there designed several ballets for the Diaghilev company: Fokine’s Le Coq d’or (reproduced for London Festival Ballet, 1976), Liturgie (not realized), Nijinska’s Renard (with her husband Larionov), Les Noces, Une Nuit sur le Mont Chauve and the 1926 revival of Fokine’s The Firebird (reproduced for Sadler’s Wells Ballet, now The Royal Ballet, 1956). She also designed Fokine’s Ygrouchka in New York and Cendrillon in London. For Serge Lifar she designed Sur le Borsythène in Paris, and for Massine, Bogatyri in New York.?She died in 1962.