Alexander Rodchenko, ‘Portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky’, 1924, Atlas Gallery
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Alexander Rodchenko

Portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1924

Early silver gelatin print, c. 1950
9 × 11 3/10 in
22.9 × 28.6 cm
£7,100
Location
London
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Alexander Rodchenko
Russian, 1891–1956
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A central figure in Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko rejected the established artistic conventions of self-expression and aesthetics, dedicating himself with revolutionary fervour to bringing art to the masses. Rodchenko and the Constructivists produced radically abstract paintings, concerned with the placement and movement of objects in space and emphasizing dynamic diagonal compositions. Denouncing easel painting and fine art on ideological grounds, Rodchenko joined the Productivist group in 1921, which advocated for the integration of art into everyday life; he duly focused on graphic design, producing propaganda posters and advertisements. Later in his career Rodchenko became impressed with the photomontage of the German Dadaists and began his own experiments in the medium. Arguably having producing the first ever monochromes, Rodchenko later proclaimed, “I reduced painting to its logical conclusion and exhibited three canvases: red, blue, and yellow. I affirmed: it’s all over.”

Alexander Rodchenko, ‘Portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky’, 1924, Atlas Gallery
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About the work
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Alexander Rodchenko
Russian, 1891–1956
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A central figure in Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko rejected the established artistic conventions of self-expression and aesthetics, dedicating himself with revolutionary fervour to bringing art to the masses. Rodchenko and the Constructivists produced radically abstract paintings, concerned with the placement and movement of objects in space and emphasizing dynamic diagonal compositions. Denouncing easel painting and fine art on ideological grounds, Rodchenko joined the Productivist group in 1921, which advocated for the integration of art into everyday life; he duly focused on graphic design, producing propaganda posters and advertisements. Later in his career Rodchenko became impressed with the photomontage of the German Dadaists and began his own experiments in the medium. Arguably having producing the first ever monochromes, Rodchenko later proclaimed, “I reduced painting to its logical conclusion and exhibited three canvases: red, blue, and yellow. I affirmed: it’s all over.”

Alexander Rodchenko

Portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1924

Early silver gelatin print, c. 1950
9 × 11 3/10 in
22.9 × 28.6 cm
£7,100
Location
London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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