Old Man (Head Two Paces Back)
Plate 8 from the portfolio Victory over the Sun
El Lissitzky (Eleazar Lissitzky), Russian, 1890 - 1941. Printed and published by Rob. Leunis & Chapman, Hanover, Germany.
A peripatetic artist, El Lissitzky frequently traveled between Moscow, Berlin, and Paris through the 1920s. This lithograph is part of a portfolio of costume designs for an unrealized production of the Futurist opera Victory over the Sun (originally staged in Moscow in 1913) was sold in Paris in the vanguard bookshop and art gallery Au Sans Pareil. Lissitzky’s production was to be enacted by electronically driven mechanical figures, manlike machines that were also colorful geometric abstractions.