Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow)
Gelatin silver print
16.9 x 11.2 cm (6 5/8 x 4 7/16 in.)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Impatient with the backwardness of Russia, and in search of a concrete, immediate art, Mayakovsky became the poet of a revolutionary regime. Rodchenko, a fellow revolutionary, evoked his friend's inner conviction in a series of brilliant portraits that match Boris Pasternak's description of his character: "He sat on a chair as on the saddle of a motorcycle....His way of carrying himself suggested something like a decision when it has been executed and its consequences are irrevocable. This decision was his very genius...and he had devoted his whole being to incarnate it without any pity or reserve."
Inscription: Artist's (?) studio stamp, verso LC: [illegible, in Russian]; inscribed in ink, verso UC: "geen negatief - ge Kregen van [illegible] // Rodchenko // Moskau Sept '60"; inscribed in pencil, verso C and LL: "30/40"; "v. Mayakovski, 1924", "Rochenko [sic] - 1"; [Translation of Dutch inscription by Janine Dudok van Heel: "No negative gotten from Rodchenko, Moscow Sept '60"]