Description

    ALEXANDER RODCHENKO (Russian, 1891-1956)
    Composition
    Oil on panel
    50-1/2 x 24-1/2 inches (128.3 x 62.2 cm)
    Signed lower left in Cyrillic

    Rodchenko was an avant-garde artist who helped found the Constructivist and Productivist movements in Russia. (Constructivist theory condemned the idea of art for art's sake and strove instead to harness art for social improvement. Productivist theory took this one step further, demanding that art play a useful role in industrial production.) As with many artists who experienced the revolution, Rodchenko took up the cause of social change and explored how his art would impact the new society. Leaving all sentiment behind, he intended to bury the problems of the past and usher in a new age. In 1921, Rodchenko exhibited what many purists consider to be the first true monochromes and proclaimed the death of art. "I reduced painting to its logical conclusion and exhibited three canvases: red, blue and yellow. I affirmed: this is the end of painting."

    РОДЧЕНКО - ЭТО ХУДОЖНИК-АВАНГАРДИСТ, КОТОРЫЙ СТАЛ ОДНИМ ИЗ ОСНОВАТЕЛЕЙ ДВИЖЕНИЙ КОНСТРУКТИВИЗМА И ПРОДУКТИВИЗМА В РОССИИ. (ТЕОРИЯ КОНСТРУКТИВИЗМА ОСУЖДАЕТ ИДЕЮ СУЩЕСТВОВАНИЯ ИСКУССТВА РАДИ ИСКУССТВА. ВМЕСТО ЭТОГО ОНА СТРЕМИТСЯ ПОСТАВИТЬ ИСКУССТВО НА СЛУЖБУ ОБЩЕСТВУ. ТЕОРИЯ ПРОДУКТИВИЗМА ИДЁТ В ЭТОМ НАПРАВЛЕНИИ ДАЖЕ ДАЛЬШЕ, ТРЕБУЯ ОТ ИСКУССТВА ЦЕЛЕНАПРАВЛЕННОГО УЧАСТИЯ В РАЗВИТИИ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОГО ПРОИЗВОДСТВА). ТАК ЖЕ КАК И МНОГИЕ ДРУГИЕ ХУДОЖНИКИ, ПРОШЕДШИЕ ЧЕРЕЗ РЕВОЛЮЦИЮ, РОДЧЕНКО С ВООДУШЕВЛЕНИЕМ ВОСПРИНЯЛ ИДЕЮ СОЦИАЛЬНЫХ ПЕРЕМЕН, И ПОГРУЗИЛСЯ В ИЗУЧЕНИЕ ТОГО, КАКИМ ОБРАЗОМ ЕГО ИСКУССТВО МОЖЕТ ПОВЛИЯТЬ НА НОВОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО. НЕ ОСТАВЛЯЯ НИ ОДНОГО ШАНСА СЕНТИМЕНТАЛЬНЫМ ЧУВСТВАМ, ОН НАМЕРЕВАЛСЯ ПОКОНЧИТЬ С ПРОШЛЫМ РАДИ СВЕТЛЫХ ИДЕАЛОВ НОВОЙ ЭПОХИ. В 1921 ГОДУ РОДЧЕНКО ВЫСТАВИЛ СВОИ РАБОТЫ, КОТОРЫЕ ПО МНЕНИЮ СТОРОННИКОВ ЧИСТОГО ИСКУССТВА, СТАЛИ ПЕРВЫМ ИСТИННО МОНОХРОМНЫМИ ПРОИЗВЕДЕНИЯМИ. ТОГДА ЖЕ ОН ПРОВОЗГЛАСИЛ СМЕРТЬ ИСКУССТВА. «Я ДОВЁЛ ЖИВОПИСЬ ДО ЛОГИЧЕСКОГО КОНЦА И ВЫСТАВИЛ ТРИ ХОЛСТА: КРАСНЫЙ, СИНИЙ И ЖЁЛТЫЙ, Я УТВЕРЖДАЮ: ЭТО КОНЕЦ ЖИВОПИСИ».


    Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000.

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    Some surface grime, possible repair to cenral right edge, otherwise good condition.

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