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Pole Vault (Pryzhok s shestom)

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1936

Artist:

Aleksandr Rodchenko
Russian, 1891–1956

About this artwork

Initially trained as painter and graphic designer, the Russian artist Alexander Rodchenko was inspired to turn to photography by German Dadaist collage. As a member of the Productivist group in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution, he sought to make art that was socially and politically useful rather than purely theoretical or formal. Rodchenko believed his photographs of industrial urban environments, known for their dramatic angles and extreme close-ups, could revolutionize the way people saw the world, thereby helping to usher in the new era of the communist state.

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Photography

Artist

Aleksandr Mikhailovich Rodchenko

Title

Pole Vault (Pryzhok s shestom)

Origin

Russia

Date

Made 1936

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; stamped verso, lower left, in blue ink: "PHOTO [sideways] RODCHENKO [in a logo?]

Dimensions

29.1 × 39.5 cm

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Endowment

Reference Number

1989.486

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