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Lissitzky [Lissitsky], El [Lisitsky, El’; Lisitsky, Lazar’ (Markovich)]locked

(b Pochinok, Smolensk province, Nov 23, 1890; d Moscow, Dec 30, 1941).
  • John Milner

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Russian draughtsman, architect, printmaker, painter, illustrator, designer, photographer, teacher, and theorist.

After attending school in Smolensk, he enrolled in 1909 at the Technische Hochschule, Darmstadt, to study architecture and engineering. He also travelled extensively in Europe, however, and he made a tour of Italy to study art and architecture. He frequently made drawings of the architectural monuments he encountered on his travels. These early graphic works were executed in a restrained, decorative style reminiscent of Russian Art Nouveau book illustration. His drawings of Vitebsk and Smolensk (...

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