Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow)
Gelatin silver print
29.3 x 23.4 cm (11 9/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Avant-garde photographers generally were not much interested in landscape, a genre associated with pastoral and sublime notions. Rodchenko characteristically found the natural setting of his country house accidental and unorganized: "A bush here, a tree there, a gully, nettles." There seemed nothing to make a photograph from, he wrote, until he looked up to see the trees towering above him "like telephone poles." His raking shot from below proposes vertigo instead of a sylvan calm, a dynamic alternative to the traditional horizons of the landscape view.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed on print, verso LC: "ALEXANDER RODCZENKO // 1925"; stamped on print, verso UL: "[Cyrillic "f"] OTO // A.M.P [illegible] [Cyrillic letter] 4EHKO"; inscribed on print, verso UC: ""Coena" 1925r";
[Robert Shapazian to Waddell, January 14, 1986]; John C. Waddell
Negative date: 1927 or before. Variants: See "Novy lef", Number 7, 1927.