[DESIGN BY VARVARA STEPANOVA] Moskovskii metropoliten [i.e. Moscow Metro]
[DESIGN BY VARVARA STEPANOVA] Moskovskii metropoliten [i.e. Moscow Metro]
[DESIGN BY VARVARA STEPANOVA] Moskovskii metropoliten [i.e. Moscow Metro]
[DESIGN BY VARVARA STEPANOVA] Moskovskii metropoliten [i.e. Moscow Metro]
[DESIGN BY VARVARA STEPANOVA] Moskovskii metropoliten [i.e. Moscow Metro]

[DESIGN BY VARVARA STEPANOVA] Moskovskii metropoliten [i.e. Moscow Metro]

Moscow: Izogiz, 1953. Item #505

[126] pp.: ill. 30x22,5 cm. In original grey cloth with the red lettering and stamped emblem. Two minor ink stains on the top edge and back cover, previous owner’s note on the free leaf of front endpaper, otherwise very good.

First and only edition. One of the last book designs by constructivist artist Varvara Stepanova (1894-1958) in collaboration with leading Soviet photographers.

This album summed up the results of the rst and the most opulent period of Moscow metro construction which occurred under Stalin. In 1953 Soviet metro system consisted of ve lines and 40 stations, some of them were presented for the rst time. There are overall 170 full color and monochrome photographs by Georgi Petrusov (1903-1971) and Ivan Shagin (1904-1982), the well-known photojournalists of wartime. They both were contributors to the magazine ‘USSR in Construction’ and adopted Rodchenko’s composition techniques. Ivan Shagin is considered as one of the main Soviet experts on color photography. Their works include images of the glori ed Circle line stations, these designs re ect the victory of Soviet people in World War II. The last pages show the new stations Arbatskaia, Smolenskaia, Kievskaia, Paveletskaia opened on April 5, 1953.

This is an interesting edition richly illustrated with general views of stations, exterior and interior in the details. The captions describe the ideas developed in these designs and the materials that were used.

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