How Katarzyna Kobro Shaped the Art World as Google Doodle Pays Tribute


Today’s Google Doodle pays homage to Katarzyna Kobro and celebrates the life and work of the Russian-born Polish sculptor.

The tech giant is known for celebrating different events and holidays, as well as honoring famous people through fun and colorful doodles.

Here’s more about today’s doodle sculptor, including his career and accomplishments.

How Katarzyna Kobro Shaped the Art World

The Russian-born Polish sculptor Katarzyna Kobro was born into a multinational family on January 26, 1898 in Moscow.

Her father was from a German family living in Latvia and her mother was Russian.

Katarzyna’s daughter, Nika Strzemińska, recalled that she started sculpting in high school in bread and plaster.

Thanks to her keen interest in art and science, Katarzyna enrolled in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1917.

She created her first sculpture in 1920 called Tos 75 – Structure. Unfortunately, the work was lost and the only trace of it remained a photograph.

Some of his other works include Kompozycja abstrakcyjna (Abstract composition) and architectural projects Kabiny Tytoniowej Project (Project for Tobacco Cabin) which she made with her husband Władysław Strzemiński.

Katarzyna left his mark on the field of modern art with his most famous series Kompozycja Przestrzenna (Spatial compositions) that emphasizes open spaces.

His theoretical ideas were collected in the 1931 book Composition of space: spatio-temporal rhythm calculations which she co-wrote with her husband.

Today, Katarzyna’s work is featured in the “Collection 1940s–1970s” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Google Doodle pays tribute to Katarzyna Kobro

On Wednesday January 26, Google Doodle pays tribute to Katarzyna who was born on this day in 1898.

The doodle includes some of the sculptor’s artwork arranged to form the letters of “Google”.

The first letter ‘g’ was inspired by his work Rzeźba Abstrakcyjna II.

Other letters, like the second ‘g’ and the ‘o’, pay homage to Katarzyna’s series Spatial compositions.

Are you looking for more Google Doodle tributes?

Over the past few years, Google Doodle has honored a number of people who left a mark in a certain field.

If you want to find the previous doodle designs we’ve covered, you can read them here.

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