1885, Moscow - 1953, Moscow

Corner Counter-Relief


Corner Counter-Relief (with Cables) was first exhibited during the Last futuristic paintings exhibition “0.10” in Petrograd in 1915. This abstract volumetric and spatial composition was supposed to be perceived as a continuation and development of the Nonobjectivity idea. The same idea was previously expressed by Tatlin in his “painted reliefs” based on the combination of contrasting textures (paper, glass, plaster, wood, and tin). The novelty of the Corner Counter-Relief lied in the artist’s desire to abandon the traditional “painting plane” and to bring nonobjective constructions into space formed by two inclined panes. They were used not only for the hanging of the composition, but also to create an abstract background emphasizing its volume. It was also important for the artist to show all abilities of the materials used by him. In this work they represent opposed yet inseparable notions – flexibility and rigidness, freedom and tension, movement and calmness.

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