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Plate 2 from the portfolio Victory over the Sun

El Lissitzky (Eleazar Lissitzky), Russian, 1890 - 1941. Printed and published by Rob. Leunis & Chapman, Hanover, Germany.

Made in Russia, Asia
Published in Hanover, Germany, Europe


Color lithograph

Image: 14 x 10 3/4 inches (35.6 x 27.3 cm) Sheet: 21 x 18 inches (53.3 x 45.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. George J. Roth, 1953

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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.