From Proun

Accession Number

From Proun

El Lissitzky

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

23 3/4 in x 17 3/16 in (60.3 cm x 43.7 cm);28 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in (71.28 cm x 56.04 cm);23 3/4 in x 17 3/16 in (60.33 cm x 43.66 cm)

Credit Line
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection

Subject matter
"Proun" is a word that El Lissitzky invented in 1919. He kept the exact definition of it to himself. Lissitzky produced a series of paintings and lithographs throughout the 1920s with "proun" in the title. They resemble this in their clear, perspectival, geometric shapes. Some scholars argue that the word is meant to encompass elements of paintings, architecture, and graphic work and combine all of them into one style while others believe it is an acronym for "project for the affirmation of the new" in Russian. 

Physical Description
This abstract composition of layered geometric shapes shows a large yellow rectangle on the left and a black rectangle on the right forming the base/background layer. On top of them is another yellow rectangle of a slightly darker shade and a thin rectangular box to the right. One horizontal rectangle divides the top third of the composition.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Abstract (fine arts style)
Non-Representational Art
Russian (culture or style)
architectural drawings
geometric shape
modern and contemporary art

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