Detail of 'The First Slogan,' N. B. Terpsikhorov (1924; Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow)


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The First Slogan [offsite link]
N. B. Terpsikhorov's 1924 painting (the basis of the banner at the top of this page) on the webpage of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.


The Bronze Horseman
Catherine's monument to Peter the Great


Early Cubist Cityscapes, 1910-1917
(compare to Bely's Petersburg)


Russian Primitivism, 1910s
(compare to Blok's The Twelve)


Non-Objective Visual Experiments, 1913-15
(compare to Futurist poetry and manifesti)


The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 1910-1934 [offsite link]
(compare to Futurist poetry and manifesti)

The collaborative, interdisciplinary, and anticonventional nature of the Futurists' project, and their mission to "integrate art into every facet of life," are well illustrated by this 2002 MoMA exhibition. Note especially the emphasis on hand-made book covers, which wrapped the words of poets like Mayakovsky and Khlebnikov in the art of the likes of Burliuk and Rodchenko -- while defying the standards and conventions of the publishing establishment.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985), works from the 19-teens
(compare to Babel, Red Cavalry: images of shtetl life, realized metaphor, divided identity, folkloric and Expressionist motifs)


(compare to Zamyatin, We)


Slideshow: Magnitogorsk and other Soviet production centers
(illustration to Kataev,
Time, Forward!)

The Woman or the Vase?
Academic painting by Henryk Siemiradzki
(referenced in Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago, p. 53)


Sots Art: Vitaly Komar & Aleksandr Melamid
(compare to Moscow to the End of the Line)




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