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Print - Proun III

Proun III

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (published)

  • Date:

    1923 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lissitzky, El, born 1890 - died 1941 (artist)
    Kestner-Gessellschaft (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 74, case CA9

El Lissitzky (1890-1941) had been trained as an engineer and architect and began painting his Prouns in 1919. The word is an acronym of a Russian phrase meaning 'Project for the Affirmation of the New', and the artist explained the concept in a lecture at Inkhuk (The Institute of Artistic Culture) in Moscow as 'a changing-station between painting and architecture'. After a successful exhibition of Prouns in Hanover in 1922, organised by the Kestner-Gessellschaft, a society founded in 1916 to promote new art, Lissitzky was commissioned to produce a portfolio of six lithographs that the society published in 1923; this print is from that portfolio.

Physical description

Geometric forms in shades of black, white and grey.

Place of Origin

Germany (published)


1923 (published)


Lissitzky, El, born 1890 - died 1941 (artist)
Kestner-Gessellschaft (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

El Lissitzky
Signature; hand written; pencil


Height: 59.4 cm, Width: 43.2 cm

Descriptive line

Lazar (El) Lissitzky, 'Proun III', 1923

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (Ed). Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection. London, V&A Publications, 2001.


Paper; Ink





Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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