Aleksandr RODCHENKO, Portrait of my daughter Enlarge 1 /1


Russia 1891 – Soviet Union 1956

Portrait of my daughter 1935 Place made: Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union
Creation Notes: Estate probably printed by Rodchenko's daughter Vavara, in Moscow in the 1960s
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: stamp verso, l.r., "FOTO/RODCHENKO" signed, verso, l.r., pencil "V. Rodchenko "[In Russian] [Signature of R's daughter] inscribed, verso, c., pencil "Portrait de ma fille"
Dimensions: image 29.6 h x 20.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1450

Photography has all the rights, and all the merits, necessary for us to turn towards it as the art of our time.
Aleksandr Rodchenko

Rodchenko was an ardent experimenter in the field of photography as in the other media he used – media as diverse as decoration, furniture and theatre design, printmaking, painting and sculpture. He regarded the camera as a highly flexible drawing instrument, and his use of foreshortening and unusual, often non-vertical, camera angles became trademark techniques.

His advice was to 'take several different photographs of an object, from different places and positions as though looking it over'. Varvara Aleksandrovna was the daughter of Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, also a well-known artist. His daughter Varvara herself became a photographer and graphic designer, graduating from the Moscow Graphic Institute in 1948.

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