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Relief by Tatlin (1916)
While Larionov, Goncharova, and Malevich
worked almost exclusively on canvas, Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953)
achieved his greatest success in three-dimensional media, often
using materials salvaged from scrap or chosen for their specific
texture as well as shape. Like Malevich, Tatlin was interested
in material as such, rather than in imitating any external objects.
This relief (1916) is typical of Tatlin's early abstract work.
Sculptures such as this had a crucial influence on the Constructivist
movement after the Russian Revolution. See also see how Tatlin's
early reliefs were transferred to the stage in his designs for
the 1923 production of "Zangezi."