Realistic Manifesto

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The Realistic Manifesto was written by sculptor Naum Gabo and cosigned by his brother Antoine Pevsner, and the key text of Constructivism. The Manifesto laid out their theories about artistic expression in the form of five "fundamental principles" of their constructivist practice. The Manifesto focused largely on divorcing art from such conventions as use of lines, colour, volume, and mass. In the text, Gabo and Pevsner reject the successive stylistic innovations of modern art as mere illusionism (beginning with Impressionism, and including Cubism and Futurism), advocating instead an art grounded in the material reality of space and time: "The realization of our perceptions of the world in the forms of space and time is the only aim of our pictorial and plastic art."[1]

They also believed art should accompany man through all parts of his life: "at the workbench, at the office, at work, at rest, and at leisure; work days and holidays, at home and on the road, so that the flame of life does not go out in man."

The text was first published in August 5, 1920 in poster form, on the occasion of an exhibition with Gustav Klucis in Moscow.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Realistic Manifesto." In Art in Theory, 1900-2000, edited by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, 299. Malden: Blackwell, 2003.
  2. ^ Editors' introduction to "The Realistic Manifesto." In Art in Theory, 1900-2000, edited by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, 298. Malden: Blackwell, 2003.

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