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El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) (Pochinok, Pochinkovsky District, Smolensk Oblast, Russia, 11/23/1890 - 12/30/1941, Moscow, Russua)


Proun 2B

Creation Date



early 20th century


8 1/16 x 10 7/16 in. (20.48 x 26.51 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Russia

Medium and Support

lithograph on velin paper

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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Accession Number

Created in the wake of Russian Revolution of 1917, which overthrew the nation’s imperial government in favor of rule by the people, El Lissitzky’s abstract composition demonstrates the artist’s desire to apply groundbreaking utopian aspirations to art making. The word “Proun” is an acronym signifying, in Russian, “Project for the Affirmation of the New.” This work, part of a portfolio of “Proun” lithographs, affirms the artist’s dedication to a non-objective art evocative of new methods of understanding materiality, space, and the creative process itself.

Object Description

Per Alice Adam, Ltd. (March 2018):
Plate 22 from the Proun portfolio
The first Proun portfolio, Moscow 1919, was never published and exists in proofs only.
Mrs. Gmurzynska visited Ms. El Lissitzky in Siberia where they had been place by the government. That is where the image is from.

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