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El Lissitzky : ‘Prouns’ Series

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the station where one changes from painting to architecture.” ~ El Lissitzky

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‘Announcer’
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Globetrotter in Time’
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Neuer (New Man)’
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Untitled’
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Proun’
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Tatlin at Work’
El Lissitzky
1921
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‘Proun G7′
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Proun’
El Lissitzky
1923
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‘Proun’ was essentially El Lissitzky’s exploration of the visual language of suprematism with spatial elements, utilizing shifting axes and multiple perspectives; both uncommon ideas in suprematism. Suprematism at the time was conducted almost exclusively in flat, 2D forms and shapes, and El Lissitzky, with a taste for architecture and other 3D concepts, tried to expand suprematism beyond this. His Proun works spanned over a half a decade and evolved from straightforward paintings and lithographs into fully three-dimensional installations. They would also lay the foundation for his later experiments in architecture and exhibition design. While the paintings were artistic in their own right, their use as a staging ground for his early architectonic ideas was significant. In these works, the basic elements of architecture – volume, mass, color, space and rhythm – were subjected to a fresh formulation in relation to the new suprematist ideals. Through his Prouns, utopian models for a new world were developed. This approach, in which the artist creates art with socially defined purpose, could aptly be summarized with his edict “das zielbewußte Schaffen” – “task oriented creation.” ~ [Ext]

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