They protested the "decadence and conservatism" of late 19th- and early
20th-century Russian art. They affirmed "trousers, jackets, shows, tramways,
buses, aeroplanes, railways, magnificent ships," they declared, were the "genius"
of the "great new epoch." To further their beliefs, in 1911 they founded a
group they named "The Donkey's Tail." The name was taken from an incident
that had occurred in Paris, at the Salon des Independants Exhibition of 1905:
One of the paintings exhibited was said to have been painted by a donkey with
a brush tied to its tail.
Southgate MT. Portrait of Nathalija Gontcharova and Mihajl Larionov. JAMA. 2001;286(20):2511. doi:10.1001/jama.286.20.2511
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