Aleksandra Ekster, Venice (1918) Painting Poster

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Please note, we also sell a framed version of this poster here on RUS & SOV.

About the Painting

Venice (original title: Венеция) is a 1918 Cubo-Futurist cityscape by Aleksandra Ekster. Ekster was a Ukrainian painter and designer (Russian: Александра Александровна Экстер; Ukrainian: Олександра Олександрівна Екстер). 

Ekster developed a name for herself as a young woman in Kiev. She was one of the luminaries of the Russian-Ukrainian avant-garde, especially active in Cubo-Futurist and Constructivist art. She spent much time studying, taking part in exhibitions, and frequenting the salons of Paris. There she counted among her acquaintances Picasso, Braque, and Apollinaire. She fully emigrated to France in 1924.  

Ekster's Venice combines the elegant geometry of French Cubism with the explosive rhythm of Italian futurism. Flashes of fireworks light up the night sky. This city has gone crazy: towers, arches, palaces, bridges - they're all fluttering like flags in the wind. Here and there the outline of the winged lion of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice, appears. What is happening to the city? Is this the famous Venetian carnival? Or, rather, has an electric current passed through this city? Will beautiful, traditional Venice survive the onslaught of a new civilization of cars and electricity? Or will it fall apart like a stage set?

It is unclear for whom Venice was intended. It's possible Ekster created it for the Alexander Tairov Chamber Theater, where she worked during this time. She designed costumes for the theatre's legendary performances of "Famira Kifared," "Salome," and "Romeo and Juliet."

Original Painting

Aleksandra Ekster, Venice (1918) Painting

Poster Quality

Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.

Please note, all poster sizes are in inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm). 

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%

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