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Nikolai Suetin

(1897—1954)


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(1897–1954)

Russian artist and industrial and graphic designer Suetin was, for the first half of his professional career, closely associated with the abstract, avant‐garde forms of Suprematist painting that had emerged in the years immediately preceding the Russian Revolution of 1917. Suetin had studied at the Institute of Art at Vitebsk between 1918 and 1922, joining the progressive Unovis group in 1919. Founded by fine artist Kasimir Malevich, Unovis sought to forge an alliance between fine art and utilitarian products, tendencies that were also reflected in the debates of Russian Constructivism. Suetin went on to work with Malevich on Suprematist architectural projects and also applied Suprematist principles to his ceramic decorations for the State (Lomonosov) Porcelain Factory in Leningrad. He exhibited a Suprematist tea service at the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels in 1925 but by 1932, when he became chief designer at the Porcelain Factory, his work reflected the more traditional forms of decoration that were in keeping with the totalitarian Stalinist regime.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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