History of Design: To Bauhaus and Beyond Reflection – Prouns

What I found most interesting during this lecture were Prouns, created by El Lissitzky, one of the most prominent artists from the Suprematism period. Prouns are a series of abstract paintings which utilise lines and geometry. Suprematism works of that period were mostly flat and 2D, but El Lissitzky’s Prouns went beyond this characteristic over time. They started out as paintings and lithographs but later developed into full-fledged 3D installations. He also explores spatial possibilities by adding negative and positive depth to the canvas using additional materials. His compositions are highly unique which is what draws me to them. Pictured below is one of the Prouns that he created.

A Proun, c.1925