KLUTSIS, GUSTAV GUSTAVOVICH. 1895-1938.
Dinamika (Dynamics). Original drawing, red and black ink on paper, 255 x 180 mm, signed in ink in lower right corner; titled in pencil on verso. Matted.
Provenance: Valentina Kulagina, the artist's widow; art historian Nina Lapidus; private collection.
As a student of Kazimir Malevich, Klutsis was one of the most celebrated alumni of the Soviet art school VKhUTEMAS. The Latvian-born artist taught color theory there from 1924 until it closed in 1930. "Dinamatik" is one of his early abstract Constructivist designs. He later perfected the art of agitprop photomontage in posters extolling the nobility of the Soviet Worker and Peasant and Comrade Stalin. Until recently his death was shrouded in mystery and withheld even from his widow Kulagina. Klutsis was on his way to attend the New York World's Fair in early 1938 when he was arrested in Moscow. He was executed on Stalin's orders six months later.