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Sergei Eisenstein, Untitled, n.d., colored pencil on paper, 10 5/8 × 8 1/4".

Sergei Eisenstein

Alexander Gray Associates

Sergei Eisenstein, Untitled, n.d., colored pencil on paper, 10 5/8 × 8 1/4".

Throughout his thirty-year career, the Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein made drawings in many different modes for many different purposes. Estimates suggest that more than five thousand images varying in size and finish—some drawn on mere scraps of ordinary paper or on stationery filched from Mexican hotels—remain in his archive or in other private and public collections. Along with filmmaking and film theory, they constitute a crucial, though largely underrated, third pillar of his artistic achievement.

Eisenstein sketched from his earliest years and was essentially self-taught. He showed his talents early on: While he was still a teenager during World War I, Russian newspapers published sharp-eyed political caricatures that issued from his pen. As a stage designer for the left-wing Proletkult Theater in post-revolutionary Moscow, he adopted the Cubo-Futurist

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