Rayonism (Cubo-Futurism) represents one of the first steps toward the development of abstract art in Russia and was founded by Mikhail F. Larionov and his wife Natalia Goncharova. Rayonism was described as “naturally encompassing all existing styles and forms of the art of the past, as they, like life, are simply points of departure for a Rayonist perception and construction of a picture”. The central feature of Rayonism is the “crossing of reflected rays from various objects;” to this end, its most powerful tools are color and line. Although short-lived, Rayonism proved to be a crucial step in the development of Russian abstract art. As Larionov said, it represented the “true freeing of art” from the former “realistic” conventions that had so “oppressed” the artistic community.
One of the Russian avant-garde movements that proliferated in Moscow and St Petersburg in the years from about 1910-20. It was the invention of Michel Larionov and his partner Natalya Goncharova in 1912. Rayonism, or Rayism, was an early form of abstract art, based on landscape and consisting of dynamically interacting linear forms ultimately derived from rays of light.