This Day in Jewish History Avant-garde Artist Who Loved Judaism and the USSR Dies

Russian-Jewish artist El Lissitzky straddled the worlds of modernist culture and Bolshevist Russia.

On December 30, 1941, the Russian-Jewish artist El Lissitzky died, in Moscow, at the age of 51. As a pioneer of the avant-garde, Lissitzky had extensive contacts with modernist colleagues in the West, even as he devoted much of his career to producing propaganda for the Soviet Union. On top of that, an important phase early in his career was focused on developing a new style of Jewish art.