Vladimir Tatlin

Vladimir Tatlin was a Soviet painter and architect. He was the creator of the Russian Constructivism. He worked as a merchant sea cadet which allowed him to travel abroad. After his return from the sea he attended the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture for about 2 years. He was influenced by Pablo Picasso’s Cubist reliefs and Russian Futurism. He wanted his work to suit the Russian Communist revolution by blending art with a modern purpose.



Vladimir is most known for his piece Monument to the Third International (1919-20).  This piece has also been referred to as Tatlin’s Tower. This tower was a model for the headquarters of the International Communist movement. The tower stayed as model and was never actually built as a headquarters due to funding and other reasons. This piece is a three dimensional piece that is made out of wood, iron and glass. To Tatlin steel and glass were the most modern materials for construction as well as a reflection of the ideas of Constructivism. These materials reflected constructivism because they were simple, modern and everyday materials which were key to the Constructivism movement. The tower consists of a steel spiral frame which is 1,300 feet tall. This spiral represents the rising of the Russian Revolution as well as constructivism. The spiral start from the ground and steadily rises to the sky symbolizing the growth of Russian Revolution Communism.  Vladimir combined art and technology to create this revolutionary piece which many has said has a utopian vibe.


Vladimir Tatlin was a big inspiration for the arts. He was the creator of Constructivism. Constructivism was a new approach to making objects which abolished the traditional thinking of composition and replaced it with the construction. His works have been inspiration to many architectects and artists to use new forms of art.


Work Cited

“Vladimir Tatlin Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works.” The Art Story. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2016.


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