Lives of the Artists XVII

Nadezhda Mandelstam (the poet Osip’s wife) recalled the excitement of her experiences with the Russian avant-garde: in particular, Vladimir Tatlin.

That Tatlin! He was in our group. He was always trying to invent things … a monument … and a glider that never could fly. He even tried to build a stove once in his kitchen. It caught fire and burnt down his flat. What a fool!

[From David King, Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the Soviet Union.]