Alexander Vesnin (1883-1959)
Oil On Wood Board
The Abstract Composition by Alexander Vesnin (1883-1959), created circa 1917, is a fine example of Constructivist picture making heavily influenced by Vesnin’s architectural studies and projects. Composed of a half-dozen, sharply angled, geometric planes the grey and colored shapes (two painted in a dimensional mode) project playfulness as they seem to dance on the pictorial surface. The composition is anchored as well as activated by a large, reddish toned, trapezoidal image set mid way between foreground and background and nestled between smaller shapes.