Aleksandr Rodchenko was a multi-talented creator and one of the Russian Constructivists – these artists were enthusiastic about the revolution and believed that art should be practical and help building the future. They favoured geometrical lines and influenced the architecture of the time.
Rodchenko himself was a painter, sculptor, photographer and costume designer for the theater. He also made some collages.
The oblique construction, the diagonal formed by the characters and their shadows, the black and white contrast of the steps is a pure visual pleasure and gives considerable dynamism to an apparently very simple image.
‘Stairs’, 1929, silver gelatin.