El Lissitzky

Proun 8 Positions

c. 1923
Beginning in 1919 the Russian architect-painter El Lissitzky titled all his geometric abstractions Proun (pronounced “pro-oon”), an acronym for his utopian “Project for the Affirmation of the New.” His revolutionary ideas were expressed in the desire to dynamically unite art, design, architectural space and the element of time. As suggested by its title, this Proun may be hung in any of eight positions, reflecting Lissitzky’s interest in transforming the viewer’s experience of conventional space.
Artist
Title
Proun 8 Positions
Date
c. 1923
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil and gouache with metal foil on canvas
Dimensions
139.3 x 139.3 cm diagonal
Nationality
Russian
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17640