El Lissitzky

Jewish Period 1916 – 1919

Alexander Kantsedikas

El Lissitzky

Alexander Kantsedikas

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

208 pages | 450 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9781910787960 Will Publish February 2018 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Unquestionably one of Russian modernism’s best-known artists, El Lissitzky created artworks in a staggering variety of media that have entranced collectors and inspired other artists for decades. The subject of numerous monographs and exhibitions, his mature abstract paintings, drawings, photographs, and graphic work can be found in abundance in public collections worldwide. In this book, however, Alexander Kantsedikas, one of the world’s leading experts on the artist, offers the first extended look at his earlier work, which was  more or less exclusively devoted to Jewish subjects, reflecting his religious education and family’s heritage. While a handful of these works are well known and widely published, this phase of his work will be far less familiar even to an audience well versed in El Lissitzky’s oeuvre. Featuring more than five hundred works, lavishly reproduced in color and black and white, the book tracks his evolution from an expressionist style to one that is increasingly more abstract and nonobjective. It also includes rare photographic material of the artist’s family, as well as little-known correspondence from his father and details about his relationship with his first wife, who has heretofore been entirely obscured in the artist’s biography.
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