Muses

Lilya Brik (1898 - 1978)

Born in a wealthy and artistic family, Lilya Brik and her sister, Elsa Triolet, received a sophisticated education and their social circle included modernist artists and writers. Married to Osip Brik, the Russian muse served as an inspiration and lover to Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poetry and thus arranged an unconventional ménage à trois. Lilya Brik also influenced the photographer and graphic designer, Alexander Rodchenko who used his portraits of the muse for posters, pamphlets and publications including Vladimir Mayakosky’s poem, About That, in 1923, and a poster for the soviet publisher, Gosizdat that represented Lilya Brik with a hand to a wide open mouth shouting BOOKS! After her lover’s suicide, she remained discreet yet served as an inspiration to many artists from Marc Chagall to Yves Saint Laurent.
 

Tags / Lilya Brik - Russian Artist - Muses - It Women - 1920s - Avant Garde - Scandal
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1926
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1926
Tamiji Naito, Boris Pasternak, Sergei Eisenstein, Olga Tretyakova, Lilya Brik, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Diplomat Voznesensky, Moscow, 1924
Tamiji Naito, Boris Pasternak, Sergei Eisenstein, Olga Tretyakova, Lilya Brik, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Diplomat Voznesensky, Moscow, 1924
Vladimir Majakovski and Lilya Yuryevna Brik, 1918
Vladimir Majakovski and Lilya Yuryevna Brik, 1918
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1929
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1929
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Lilya Brik in Alexander Rodchenko’s poster for Knigi by the Soviet publisher Gosizdat, 1924
Lilya Brik in Alexander Rodchenko’s poster for Knigi by the Soviet publisher Gosizdat, 1924
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lilya Brik, Moscow, 1954
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lilya Brik, Moscow, 1954
D. Auksmann, Lily Brik, Saint-Petersburg, 1916
D. Auksmann, Lily Brik, Saint-Petersburg, 1916
Alexander Rodchenko, Pro eto. Ei i mne (About This. To Her and to Me), 1923
Alexander Rodchenko, Pro eto. Ei i mne (About This. To Her and to Me), 1923
Martine Franck, Lilya Brik, 1976
Martine Franck, Lilya Brik, 1976
Lilichka Brik (seated) with her sister Elsa Triolet in folk-inspired dresses by Lamanova, 1925
Lilichka Brik (seated) with her sister Elsa Triolet in folk-inspired dresses by Lamanova, 1925
Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Raisa Kushnir, Lilya Brik's mother, and Lilya Brik, Norderney, 1923
Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Raisa Kushnir, Lilya Brik's mother, and Lilya Brik, Norderney, 1923
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Lilya Brik, 1924
Lilya Brik and Luella Krasnoshchekova by Alexander Rodchenko, 1924
Lilya Brik and Luella Krasnoshchekova by Alexander Rodchenko, 1924
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Crimea, 1926
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Crimea, 1926
Lilya Brik, Osip Brik, Jakobson and Mayakovsky, Paris, 1923
Lilya Brik, Osip Brik, Jakobson and Mayakovsky, Paris, 1923
Osip Brik, Lilya Brik, Vladimir Mayakovsky
Osip Brik, Lilya Brik, Vladimir Mayakovsky
Lilya Brik, 1920s
Lilya Brik, 1920s
Lilya Brik (center) with her friends. 1911
Lilya Brik (center) with her friends. 1911
Lily Brik by Osip Brik, 1931
Lily Brik by Osip Brik, 1931
Lilya Brik by Osip Brik, 1920s
Lilya Brik by Osip Brik, 1920s
Lilya Brik, 1910
Lilya Brik, 1910
Lilya Brik, 1914
Lilya Brik, 1914
Lilya Brik by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1916
Lilya Brik by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1916
Burliuk, Portrait of Lilya, 1956
Burliuk, Portrait of Lilya, 1956
Alexander Silin, Portrait of  Lilya Brik, 1921. Oil on canvas, 99 x 78.5 cm
Alexander Silin, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1921. Oil on canvas, 99 x 78.5 cm
Lilya Brik on her travels with Vladimir Mayakovsky's Renault NN, 1929. Photo by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Lilya Brik on her travels with Vladimir Mayakovsky's Renault NN, 1929. Photo by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Lilya Brik on her travels with Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Renault NN, 1929. Photo by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Lilya Brik on her travels with Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Renault NN, 1929. Photo by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1930
Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1930
Lilya Brik by Alexander Rodchenko, 1924
Lilya Brik by Alexander Rodchenko, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Photomontage for Majakovski's
Alexander Rodchenko, Photomontage for Majakovski's "Pro Eto", 1923
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Lilya Brik, 1920s
Lilya Brik, 1920s
Poster for Zakovannaya filmoi directed by Nikandr Turkin, screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1918
Poster for Zakovannaya filmoi directed by Nikandr Turkin, screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1918
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1920s
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1920s
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1924
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1923
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1923
Alexander Rodchenko , Lilya Brik and Osip Brik. Double Exposure, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko , Lilya Brik and Osip Brik. Double Exposure, 1924
Vladimir Mayakovsky, Varvara Stepanova, Osip Beskin and Lilya Brik in Briks' house on Gendrikov Street 1928. Photo by Alexander Rodchenko
Vladimir Mayakovsky, Varvara Stepanova, Osip Beskin and Lilya Brik in Briks' house on Gendrikov Street 1928. Photo by Alexander Rodchenko
Abrams Shterenberg, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1926
Abrams Shterenberg, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1926
Abrams Shterenberg, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1926
Abrams Shterenberg, Portrait of Lilya Brik, 1926
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky in Zakovannaya filmoi directed by Nikandr Turkin, screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1918
Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky in Zakovannaya filmoi directed by Nikandr Turkin, screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1918
Lilya Brik by O.Brika, 1920s
Lilya Brik by O.Brika, 1920s
Lilya Brik, 1930s
Lilya Brik, 1930s
Lilya Brik in Zakovannaya filmoi directed by Nikandr Turkin, screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1918
Lilya Brik in Zakovannaya filmoi directed by Nikandr Turkin, screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1918
Lilya Brik in failed Motor rally from Moscow to St.Petersburg, 1929
Lilya Brik in failed Motor rally from Moscow to St.Petersburg, 1929
Lilya Brik, 1920s
Lilya Brik, 1920s
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