Painterly Architectonic

During the period of time around the Russian Revolution, avant-garde art flourished. Lyubov Popova became known as one of the most important artists of the period.

Popova was born to a cultured family in 1889. She studied at several prestigious Russian schools of art while in her late teens and early twenties. Around 1910, she began to travel a great deal around Russia and nearby provinces. She was very interested in iconoclasts, as well as other features of traditional Russian art, especially including traditional Russian architecture. After a trip to Paris, she became very interested in Cubism. She used her art to express herself and her views supporting the Revolution.


Popova pioneered a style of art known as architectonics with her series Painterly Architectonics. These paintings, like the example above, are very reminiscent of actual buildings. This can be traced back to Popova’s interest in Russian architecture while she was at art school. Most of these paintings also contain bright colors, which goes against the traditional ideas of what Russia is like and also showcases Popova’s hope for the Revolution.