Discipline: Art


Theory devised by the Russian painter MIKHAIL LARIONOV (1881-1964) and his wife NATALIA GONCHAROVA (1881-1962). Larionov's manifesto (1913) stated that 'Rayonism is a synthesis of Cubism, Futurism and Orphism', and much of his thesis was closely linked to Futurist ideas.

Colors are dispersed as light rays emanating from objects; demonstrated by parallel lines or intersecting beams of light which are manipulated by the artist to create form. The movement was short-lived.

H Osborne, Abstraction and Artifice in Twentieth-Century Art (1979)

Also See:

· cubism
· futurism
· orphism


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