Add to favorite


 Alexander Rodchenko

Born:   5 December [O.S. 23 November] 1891
Deceased:   December 3, 1956

Soviet painter, graphic artist, sculptor, photographer, and stage and production designer. One of founders of Constructivism, th


Alexander Rodchenko was one of the most decisive and sequential innovators, who aspired to unheard-of aims in the 1910s – 1920s. He studied at the Kazan Art School (1910-14) and shortly in an art college in Moscow (1914). He shifted from Symbolist passion of his youth to Futurism, and exhibited his non-figurative abstract geometrical paintings at the exhibition Shop in 1916. Afterwards Alexander Rodchenko negated painting for the sake of industrial art that was actively building new variations of life. Why depict life, if one can influence reality and make it embodiment of your ideals and aspirations? 

A friend of Vladimir Mayakovsky, the artist illustrated his poems with structured graphic art of bright color, and designed covers of his books that reminded of Constructivist posters. 

Alexander Rodchenko designed newsstands and expressive inscriptions for the silent cinema screen. Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poem About It was published in 1923 with photo collage illustrations by Alexander Rodchenko, who conveyed the poet’s grotesque metaphors rather than the plot. One of the most prominent world photographers of the time, he looked for unusual foreshortenings and developed expressive and sharp outlook. He invented strict, rationalized furniture designs. In particular, Alexander Rodchenko designed a workers’ club interior for the International Exhibition of Decorative Art in Paris (1925).  
By all means Alexander Rodchenko approached art forms with technical forms as a way of overcoming traditional applied arts and as embodiment of rational, constructive and revolutionary ideals of modern era. 
In the 1930s, when these rigid Constructivist principles lost firm ground Alexander Rodchenko went on working as photographer, designing numerous photo albums and topical issues of the illustrated magazine The USSR at Building Site (1933-41). In the 1940s -1950s the innovative art by Alexander Rodchenko in the basis was repulsed by traditionalist official aesthetics. Driven out of art life, he kept creating for himself and resumed experimental painting.


Tags: Alexander Rodchenko Russian painters    

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share


search on the map
Moscow monuments  Russian Actresses  Red Square  Lubok  protest actions  Russian Cinema  Leningrad Region  the Bolshoi Theatre  Elmira Abrazakova  Russian opposition  Moscow dolphinarium  Archeology  Yves Rocher Case  Sergey Stepashin  Contemporary Writers  infaltion  Russian history  travel to Kazan  Konstantin Stanislavski  Alexander Lebedev  Moscow  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Moscow State University  Amur tigers  Classical Music  Tsaritsino  Russian Film Distribution  Monument to Soldier and Gusli Player  Hermitage Museum  Peterhof  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week   Republic of North Ossetia-Alania  Startups  Exhibitions in Moscow  Kovrov  St. Petersburg  cooperation  Woodwork  Russian tourism  Russian Literature  Vakhtangov Theater  Jean-Maurice Ripert  visas  Multimedia  Moscow hotels  Russian visa  Russian business  Aeroexpresses   St. Isaac's Cathedral  Japan 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites