Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953)
Vladimir Tatlin is often acknowledged as the father of Constructivism. This Ukrainian artist entered the Moscow avant-garde through painterly pursuits. However, that soon changed in 1913, during Tatlin’s travels to Berlin and Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso. The Cubist master left a great impression on him which was reflected in Tatlin’s future collage and assemblage works.
Tatlin combined various industrial materials to produce his “counter-reliefs”, more focused on the materials and spatial relationships, closer to abstraction and placed in the room corners with the aim of resembling architecture. The most important innovation that he announced was the use of space as the part of the construction. These pieces embodied artist’s motto “art into life”.
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