Artist profile

Gustav Klucis

Klucis is a Latvian born Constructivist artist who worked across all media alongside his wife Valentina Kulagina. He studied under Kasimir Malevich and Antoine Pevsner. Klucis was at the forefront of political photo-montage works and claimed to have invented the genre along side other artists; German Dadaists Hanna Hoech, Raoul Haussman and the Russian artist El Lissitzky. Furthermore he was, together with his wife, very much involved in the production of Soviet propaganda art, which later was subsumed into bolstering the cult of Stalin. Nevertheless he was executed on Stalin's orders in 1938 in Moscow.

Biography

1895
Born in Ķoņi parish, near Rūjiena
1917–1920
Art studies under Kazimir Malevich and Antoine Pevsner
1917–1920
Met and married Valentina Kulagina
1920
Graduated from the state-run art school VKhUTEMAS
1924–1930
Professor of color theory at the art school VKhUTEMAS
1938
Died in Moscow

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