Jun 18, 2020 - Sale 2538

Sale 2538 - Lot 33

Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
40 1/2x27 3/4 inches, 102 3/4x70 1/2 cm.
Condition B+: partially-replaced margins; repaired tears at edges, some into image; small replaced losses in margins; repaired tears, creases and restoration in image and along vertical and horizontal folds; small ink notation in top left corner. Mounted on paper. Matted and framed.
In several of their film posters, including In the Spring, the Stenbergs 'mimicked the underlying diagonal structure of many Suprematist works' (Stenberg Brothers pp. 15-16), recalling works by artists such as Kandinsky and Malevich. The brothers were especially interested in the potential for new techniques using film projectors and invented their own "which was capable of not only enlarging and reducing, but also distorting the projected image (Stenberg Brothers p. 16). Their innovative manipulation of photography, combined with their Avant Garde sense of scale, geometry, and perspective made their posters stylistically unique. The Stenbergs' poster for Mikhail Kaufman's movie In the Spring mirrors not only the Constructivist sensibilities, but also the relationship between human and machine underlined in the film. Kaufman's brother (and biggest competition), Dziga Vertov, was the director of 'The Eleventh' (see Lot 32). Stenberg Brothers p. 55, Pack p. 263, Soviet Film p. 77, MoMA 134.2003.

From the estate of Alexander Kaplen.