Pioneer with Trumpet, Aleksandr Rodchenko
Aleksandr Rodchenko
Pioneer with Trumpet
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Aleksandr Rodchenko

Pioneer with Trumpet, 1930


Blatt
19.6 x 17.2 cm
Passepartout
50 x 40 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
St.F.3586
Acquisition
Acquired in 2018 with funds from the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Aleksandr Rodchenko made use of unusual bold perspectives to depart from established visual habits. Here he photographed a trumpet player at such a steep angle from below and such close proximity that the composition takes on a downright bizarre quality. For Rodchenko, photography always had an added illustrative value, and his photos accordingly lent themselves well to the needs of Socialistoriented magazines such as Novy LEF (New Left Front of the Arts). He was well-known in Russia and abroad: his works were on view, for example, in the major international German Werkbund exhibition Film and Foto taking place in Stuttgart in 1929. He wanted them to contribute to the cultural establishment of the Soviet Union, as he himself avowed in public: ‘The lens of the camera is the pupil of the eye of the cultured man in socialist society.’ Already by 1930, however, his photos no longer conformed to the aesthetic conventions of the Soviet Union. His shot of a man blowing a trumpet was criticized for omitting the narrative element in favour of an emphasis on the motif’s formal qualities. In fact, this work triggered the so-called ‘Formalism dispute’ that ultimately led to Rodchenko’s exclusion from all official functions.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Pioneer with Trumpet
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso oben links auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich auf rundem Aufkleber: V-; 50
Bezeichnet verso oben rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: AMR
Bezeichnet verso unten Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Пионер - трубач 1930; A.M. Родченко (Übersetzung: Pionier - trompetend 1930; A.M. Rodchenko)
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Stempel: Фото Родченко

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Aleksandr Rodchenko/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Acquisition
Acquired in 2018 with funds from the Werner Wirthle bequest

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D12 youth, adolescent
  • 31B6241 cheeks rounded
  • 31A221 head (human)
  • 48CC7352 horn, trumpet, cornet, trombone, tuba - CC - out of doors
Associative
  • 45C21 (military) uniforms
  • 45B42 military discipline

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Last update

30.09.2022