History Lesson(s) #9

Pure Red / Yellow / Blue Colour - Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1921, oil on canvas


I reduced painting to its logical conclusion and exhibited three canvases: red, blue, and yellow. I affirmed: this is the end of painting. These are the primary colours. Every plane is a discrete plane and there will be no more representation.

--Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1939, cited in "The Primary Colors for the Second Time: A Paradigm Repetition of the Neo-Avant-Garde", Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, October 37, 1986, p.44.