Olga Vladimirovna Rozanova
1886 - 1918
Rozanova was a member of the Futurist Group, Union of Youth, in Moscow 1910, and participated in major avant-garde exhibitions of the time in Moscow and in Rome at The First Free International Futurist Exhibition (1914). Rozanova was interested in abstract colour and using non-representational arcs and rectangles after discarding painterly representation.
From 1917 to 1918 she created a series of non-objective paintings which she called tsv'etopis'. Her overall structural arrangement and emotive use of colour prefigures Mark Rothko's Abstract Expressionist aesthetic. Her work remains as important today as it was then to the birth of avant-garde, and stands at the forefront of a whole century of abstract painting.