October 16, 2014

Fashionable Children Of The Revolution

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I don't care if I take heat for it, I'll tell you right now: I'm generally opposed to child labor AND communism.

That said, kids back then sure knew how to dress. Check out the awesome pattern matching in this 1925-6 portrait of our littlest comrade, Varvara Rodchenko, the daughter of pioneering Constructivist artists Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova.

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And the jacket on this 10-year-old newsy Lewis Hines photographed in the 1910s has that slightly rumpled, artisanal look that no machine today could produce. Probably because it was sewn by a child. Which is bad! Don't get me wrong.

Oct 17, 2014, Lot 21 | Lewis Hine, 7 photos of children, est. $3500-4500 [swanngalleries.com]
Oct 17, 2014, Lot 41 | Alexander Rodchenko, portrait of daughter Varvara, est. $7-10,000]

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