Liubov Sergeevna Popova (Russia, 1889 - 1924) framed (open face) abstract oil on panel, signed to lower right in Cyrillic and dated 1920. The piece has a framed height of 15-5/8" with width of 20-1/16" and sight image height of 12-3/16" with width of 16-3/4". This piece comes without certificate of authenticity but style and signature are consistent with other known works of the artist. Provenance: from the estate of a retired South Carolina art dealer and collector. In overall good condition, all measurements are approximate. It is our recommendation that all pieces be examined in person by prospective bidders or by a trusted expert they have asked to advise on the purchase. Liubov Popova was born in 1889, the second child and eldest daughter of the rich and philanthropically inclined owner of a textile factory. The family home was in a village outside Moscow near her father's factory. It was a comfortable upbringing, with attentive parents and plenty of servants. There was no suggestion in this liberal atmosphere that girls were unworthy of further education and Popova attended high school in Moscow before going on to art school in 1908. With more money and time than most of her contemporaries, she threw herself into study and travel, spending weeks visiting every church and monastery in the chain of medieval towns between Moscow and St. Petersburg known as Russia's "Golden Circle". She became involved in plans for spectacles of very ambitious proportions, but conditions kept getting progressively worse with not enough food, heat, clothing, etc. for the people of all Russia, as well as just Moscow. Popova started a weekly salon at her apartment where she and other painters, such as Udaltsova and her lifelong friend and admirer, Alexander Vesnin, read papers on cubist theory and here Popova met her future husband, an art historian. She was tall, with a good figure, marvelous eyes and luxuriant hair; men fell in love with her all the time. Popova herself did not live long. She died in 1924 at the age of thirty-five, of scarlet fever contracted from her young son, whose death preceded hers by a few days.