Anton Mikhailovich LAVINSKY (1893-1968) Seated cubist figure - Plaster



Anton Mikhailovich LAVINSKY (1893-1968)

"Cubist figure" - Plaster

Signed "LAVINSKI" Unique proof

Russia, circa 1925

Dimensions: Height 27 cm / Length 33 cm / Depth 23 cm

Anton Mikhailovich LAVINSKY (1893-1968)

Sculptor, architect, designer and graphic designer

Coming from a family of customs officers for the protection of the sea, he graduated from the architecture branch of the Baku Technical College (1913) In 1913 he moved to St. Petersburg As a student he attended courses Л В Шервуда at the Department of Sculpture of the Higher School of Art of Painting, and of Sculpture and Architecture of the Imperial Academy of Arts He completed his military service from 1915 to 1917 He studied at the studios of free state art, and at the Sochi-студию School of Sculpture (1918)

He participates in the implementation of the monumental propaganda plan, under which the monument К Марксу for the red village was executed.In 1919 he created the project of the monument of the October Revolution (co-author with В А Синайским ) He was sent to Saratov in 1919 to teach in free art workshops Member of the "society of artists of new art"

In 1920 he moved to Moscow where he worked for "Windows of satire GROWTH" He became one of the first masters of poster mosaic He produced many movie posters, advertisements, book covers He was notably the author of the famous movie poster "Battleship Potemkin"

After the Revolution of 1917, a new artistic era was declared in Russia: “constructivism”, an aesthetic using industrial techniques and the geometrization of space. Many “futurist” artists rushed into the breach; the Beaux-Arts education system is upset Anton Lavinsky will be one of the first reformers

Lavinsky was undoubtedly ill-suited at the time: an idealist, he abandoned sculpture, began working with wood, made theatrical sets and posters, then returned to architecture, his original profession. 'a handful of students refuse to study with this "stool maker", he loses all interest in the discipline and only creates newsstands, stands for parades ...

However, his sculptures reveal an authentic, private, assertive character Produced in an intimate setting, Lavinsky's sculptures depict women and couples: the only domain preserved in a world of the 1920s already very Orwellian. It will not remain so for long: the new ideal of the free couple, promoted in the Soviet Union, is taken to a climax in the story that links Lavinsky to Mayakovsky, with whom he works as an illustrator and decorator Mayakovsky lives at the time with Ossip and Lilia Brik: the latter not being able to have children, it is Lavinsky's wife who would have given birth to Mayakovsky's son… What push Lavinsky to destroy, a few years later, sculptures that have become incongruous?

After a trip to Cologne in 1928 to direct, with El Lissitsky, the realization of the Soviet pavilion for a major exhibition on the press, Lavinsky never left the USSR again He survived the end of cubism, futuristic magazines and workshops, then to the suicide of Mayakovsky in 1930 Living on state commissions, he remained in Moscow until his death in 1968 All his archives were thrown away and are unfortunately lost.

Condition Very good state
Note: Les dimensions indiquées sont celles de l'oeuvre seule
Width 33 cm
Height27 cm
Depth 23 cm
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