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Nikolai Punin

(1888–1953) Russian art critic. From 1918 to 1921 he was active in the organization of Narkompros and in 1921 he was one of the founders of the Petrograd (St Petersburg) section ...

Punin, Nikolai

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
220 words

..., Nikolai ( 1888–1953 ) Russian art critic . From 1918 to 1921 he was active in the organization of Narkompros and in 1921 he was one of the founders of the Petrograd (St Petersburg) section of Inkhuk . During the 1920s he was one of the most widely read of Russian writers on art. He believed that modern art criticism should be scientific and even tried to reduce the creative process to a mathematical formula: S(Pi + Pii + Piii…)Y = T, where S is the sum of the principles (P), Y is intuition, and T is artistic creation. It is therefore not...

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