Vladimir Tatlin

Tatlin’s most famous work is his architectural plans for “Monument to the Third International.” As a founding father of the Constructivist style, Tatlin sought to make beauty out of every day materials. This monument would have dwarfed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, reinforcing the rhetoric of Russian Supremacy. This tower was never built due to the shortage of funding and resources in post revolutionary Russia. Although it was never built, it still stands as an ode to post revolutionary sentiment and the beginning of Russian modernization.

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Thank you to the Guardian for the image http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/jul/25/vladimir-tatlins-tower-st-petersburg

and the art story

http://www.theartstory.org/artist-tatlin-vladimir.htm

Peredvizhniki: Alexey Savrasov

In this work of art, Savrasov illustrates the divide between the peasantry and upper class. The Kremlin, an iconic image of russian aristocracy, is painted in the background as a peasant walks next to a tent like shelter in the foreground.  An empty bridge between the two class representations, shows the lack of significant meaningful connection. The storm is Savrasov’s prediction that there will be extreme conflict if this way of life is sustained.
Sarasov View of the Kremlin http://www.abcgallery.com/S/savrasov/savrasov5.html

thank you to abcgallery for the image