- Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953?)
Godfather of Constructivism
Vladimir Tatlin was a Russian painter who, in 1913, switched to sculpture and founded Constructivism. In the same year he met Picasso in Paris. Unlike many other Russian artists - Gabo, Pevsner, Chagall - he remained in Russia after the Soviet authorities abandoned their brief flirtation with 'advanced' art.
Tatlin worked as a designer, especially for film and stage sets, up to the 1930s, but it is significant that the date of his death is difficult to ascertain. It was almost certainly 1953, but 1956 is also given in reference books, and some writers speak of him as still alive in the 1970s.
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- Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)