Females. Artists. Revolutionaries.
Not muses and not companions. Equal opportunities for men and women at the beginning of the 20th century in Russia.
Not muses and not companions. Russian female artists at the beginning of the 20th century exhibited, created and debated on equal terms. These were women with leading roles in a new artistic language, with an important part to play in society and with the determination to achieve what they hoped for in the future.
Like all the other artists who were responsible for bringing modernity to art, Natalia Goncharova, Olga Rozanova, Nadiezhda Udaltsova, Lyubov Popova, Sofia Dimshits-Tolstaya, Varvara Steponova, Alexandra Exter and Xenia and Maria Ender were part of the movements which led to profound changes in the established artistic norms, from neoprimitivism to rayonism, as well as cubo-futurism, suprematism and constructivism. Taking part in the dialogue on an equal footing, female artists in the intellectual and creative circles of that time were just as influential as their male counterparts.
On a day like today, when we are demanding gender equality in society, the example of these women who worked together under strict equality is more relevant than ever.