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1o Kestnermappe Proun [Proun. 1st Kestner Portfolio] Published 1923

Not on display

This suite of lithographic prints was made as a New Year gift for members of the Kestner Gesellschaft, an independent society based in Hanover, which arranged exhibitions of contemporary art. Lissitsky had had a successful exhibition at the society early in 1923 and was commissioned to produce these prints. The concept of the 'Proun' was invented by Lissitsky, who described it as 'an interchange station between painting and architecture,' essentially, an abstract representation of the artist's utopian socialist values.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Commission, Lithograph, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 2767
  • Medium Portfolio of six lithographs (two with collage), cover and title page
  • Size Each sheet: 60.00 x 44.00 cm (sheet 6: 44.00 x 60.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1983