Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

Haiku No.1

Haiku No.1

Year: 1930s
Type: Painting

Catalog #: SF_0045

Current Location:
Private Collection

Dimensions:
8 x 10

Signature / Artist Notation:
Notation by TS: “Sketches of Phyra Esphyr Slobodkina at 14-15 by Tamara Schildkraut (born Tamara Slobodkina) pencil and paper 1921/22)

In the 1902s and 30s Slobodkina experimented with a variety of artistic styles.
Strong-willed and independent, Slobodkina was not afraid to explore different genres, producing the occasional representational still life, landscape, or portrait. As she wrote in her memoirs: “To hell with what anyone thinks…I don’t feel a traitor to my art if, in the middle of preparation for an exhibition of abstract paintings, catching sight of an exceptionality attractive bouquet of flowers, I have a strong urge to paint it. I simply go ahead, and paint it.”