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Alexander Mikhailovich Rodchenko
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Estimate
50,00070,000
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106
Alexander Mikhailovich Rodchenko
STUDY FOR CONSTRUCTION
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Alexander Mikhailovich Rodchenko
1891-1956
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signed in Cyrillic, numbered and dated 1921 X l.r., further bearing various exhibition labels on the backing board
crayon and pencil on paper
47 by 31.5cm, 18 1/2 by 12 1/2 in.
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Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Jean Chauvelin; London, Annely Juda Fine Art; Milan, Galleria Milano; Basel, Galerie Liatowitsch, The Non-Objective World 1924-1939, 1971-72, no.147

Literature

Exhibition catalogue The Non-Objective World 1924-39, Milan: Electa, 1971, p.140, no.147 listed; p.141 illustrated b/w
J.Dowling, D.Elliott, A.Lavrentiev, Alexander Rodchenko. Works on Paper, 1914-1920, London: Sotheby's, 1991, p.41 illustrated

Catalogue Note

The present work dates from 1921, the year Rodchenko abandoned painting to focus on design and photography. Two years earlier, he had embarked upon a series of paintings and graphic works based on the concept of the line, which he titled Linearism. In his theoretical writings, he explained that he saw the line as the basis of any construction: ‘By giving primary importance to line… the aesthetic value of colour, faktura and style has been denied' (cited in Alexander Rodchenko. Works on Paper, 1914-1920, p.16).

Other works from this series are published in the catalogue of the 2009 Rodchenko and Popova exhibition at Tate Modern (Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism, London, 2009, p.82).

We are grateful to Alexander Lavrentiev, grandson of the artist and Professor of the Stroganov Moscow State University, for providing additional cataloguing information.

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