El Lissitzky Pro dva kvadrata. Suprematicheskii skaz v 6-ti postroikakh (About Two Squares: A Suprematist Tale of Two Squares in Six Constructions) 1922

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About Two Squares is a children’s book about a black square and a red square that fly to earth from afar. For Lissitzky they symbolized the superiority of the new Soviet order (the red square) over the old (the black square). The artist’s abstract style was profoundly influenced by Kazimir Malevich's Suprematism, but after 1921 he aligned himself with Russian Constructivist principles and sought to move Suprematism’s abstract language into the service of the new social and political order.

Gallery label from Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection, June 11–August 18, 2008.
El Lissitzky
Illustrated book with seven letterpress illustrations (including cover)
page (each): 10 15/16 x 8 7/8" (27.8 x 22.5 cm)
Skify (Scythians), Berlin
Gift of The Judith Rothschild Foundation
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© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Illustrated Book
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