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Constructivism and Associated Works

Founded by Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko in Russia around the time of the 1917 revolution, Constructivism became a form of socially engaged abstract art that moved westwards towards Germany. In addition to introducing some of the leading figures of Constructivism, such as El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, and Georgy Stenberg, this portfolio allows for a closer look at two key foci of Constructivist graphic design – the book (El Lissitzky’s Proun) and the film poster (various artists, including Georg Stenberg).

This abstract composition is composed within an X-shaped structure. There is a dark circle near the top and a redish-brown, vertically oriented rectangle below it. Behind the circle and near rectangle is an inverted triangle and another triangle below it with a concave bottom.
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.58
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.52
This abstract composition of geometric shapes shows a plane and an inverted triangle above with a pyramidal rod hanging down from the plane. At the bottom, two inverted triangles with a concave top edge apoint to the bottom of the print. 
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.53
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.
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.55
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun</em><br>1923<br>lithograph and collage | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.57
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.56
El Lissitzky<br><em>From Proun (Architectural study for an art gallery)</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.54
László Moholy-Nagy<br><em>Militarism (Militarismus)</em><br>1924<br>gelatin silver print from rephotographed photomontage | paper<br>Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art<br>1988/1.134
László Moholy-Nagy<br><em>Man with Pigeon</em><br>1933<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Wanda K. Capps<br>2001/1.381
László Moholy-Nagy<br><em>Konstruktionen (6)</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.61
László Moholy-Nagy<br><em>Konstruktionen (6)</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.62
László Moholy-Nagy<br><em>Konstruktionen (6)</em><br>1923<br>lithograph | paper<br>The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection<br>1969/2.65

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