El Lissitzky. Proun 19D. 1920 or 1921

El Lissitzky Proun 19D 1920 or 1921

Floor 5, Collection Galleries

Between 1919 and 1927 El Lissitzky produced a large body of paintings, prints, and drawings that he referred to by the word Proun (pronounced pro-oon), an acronym for "project for the affirmation of the new" in Russian. Lissitzky's style reflects his training as an architect in Germany before World War I as well as the inspiration of Kazimir Malevich, a fellow teacher at the Vitebsk art school. Lissitzky's radical reconception of space and material is a metaphor for and visualization of the fundamental transformations in society that he thought would result from the Russian Revolution.

Gallery label from 2010
Gesso, oil, varnish, crayon, colored papers, sandpaper, graph paper, cardboard, metallic paint, and metal foil on plywood
38 3/8 x 38 1/4" (97.5 x 97.2 cm)
Katherine S. Dreier Bequest
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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Painting and Sculpture