MIKHAIL MIKHAILOVICH TARKHANOV (RUSSIAN 1888-1962)
Photogram, circa 1920
11 x 17 cm (4 1/2 x 7 in.)
Acquired directly from the artist`s family.
Mikhail Tarkhanov (1888-1962) was a Russian avant-garde graphic artist known for his abstract, water-based textured compositions and photograms. Tarkhanov was one of only three known Russian artists (with Lissitzky and Zimin) making experimental photograms (photos without camera) in the 1920s. Each photograph was a unique piece. He graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1915, later enrolling at VKhUTEMAS, where he studied under Vasili Kandinsky and Vladimir Favorsky. From 1932 until his death, the exhibition of abstract art was banned, so he secretly pursued his abstract work while working officially for various Soviet institutions. He was able to exhibit his unique works only a handful of times from 1919 to 1931, alongside artists such as Natan Altman, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko.
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