Angels and Airplanes, from War: Mystical Images of War

A work made of lithograph on cream wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of lithograph on cream wove paper.

Date:

1914

Artist:

Natalia Goncharova
Russian, 1881-1962

About this artwork

In this composition, the angular geometry completed by the wings of planes and angels contrasts with the angels’ circular halos. Early in the war, aviation was used for aerial reconnaissance photography, which could perhaps explain why these airplanes lack any sign of artillery. It was not long after Natalia Goncharova made this print that the airforce began to be used for many other purposes in wartime. The pilots and angels share a celestial point of view that raises questions about the kind of knowledge required to make decisions in war.

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Artist

Natalia Goncharova

Title

Angels and Airplanes, from War: Mystical Images of War

Origin

Russia

Date

Made 1914

Medium

Lithograph on cream wove paper

Dimensions

326 x 240 mm

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Endowment

Reference Number

1992.4.10

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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