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Russian Poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (120th Anniversary Of His Birth)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, who was born on July 19, 1893, was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and stage and film actor. He was among the foremost representatives of early-20th century Russian Futurism, a literary school born of the dynamism, speed, and restlessness of modern urban life that sought to repudiate the "static" art of the past and which embraced formal experimentation. His suicide in 1930 at just 36 years of age is still the source of much speculation.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) with his family in 1905.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) with his family in 1905.

The house where Vladimir Mayakovsky was born in Baghdati, Georgia (undated).
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The house where Vladimir Mayakovsky was born in Baghdati, Georgia (undated).

A young Vladimir Mayakovsky (third from left in the third row) among students from the Kutaisi high school, Georgia (undated)
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A young Vladimir Mayakovsky (third from left in the third row) among students from the Kutaisi high school, Georgia (undated)

Vladimir Mayakovsky (right) with his friend and fellow Russian poet David Burlyuk (center) as well as the literary critic and patron of the arts Andrei Shemshurin (left) in 1910.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (right) with his friend and fellow Russian poet David Burlyuk (center) as well as the literary critic and patron of the arts Andrei Shemshurin (left) in 1910.

Leading futurist poets in Moscow in 1911. Clockwise from bottom left:  Aleksei Kruchyonykh, David Burlyuk, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nikolai Burlyuk, and Benedikt Livshits. 
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Leading futurist poets in Moscow in 1911. Clockwise from bottom left:  Aleksei Kruchyonykh, David Burlyuk, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nikolai Burlyuk, and Benedikt Livshits. 

Vladimir Mayakovsky in a scene from the film "A Lady and a Hooligan" (1918)
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Vladimir Mayakovsky in a scene from the film "A Lady and a Hooligan" (1918)

Vladimir Mayakovsky and the sculptor and writer Lilya Brik in 1922. Although Brik was married to the writer and critic Osip Brik, she and Mayakovsky had an affair and she is said to have been one of his creative muses. 
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Vladimir Mayakovsky and the sculptor and writer Lilya Brik in 1922. Although Brik was married to the writer and critic Osip Brik, she and Mayakovsky had an affair and she is said to have been one of his creative muses. 

An excerpt from Vladimir Mayakovsky's police file from the early 1900s. As an ardent supporter of communist ideals in his youth, it is likely Makayovsky would have come to the attention of the Tsarist-era security authorities. 
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An excerpt from Vladimir Mayakovsky's police file from the early 1900s. As an ardent supporter of communist ideals in his youth, it is likely Makayovsky would have come to the attention of the Tsarist-era security authorities. 

Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) attends a book party at a Red Army camp (undated).
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) attends a book party at a Red Army camp (undated).

Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) with friends, including Lilya Brik, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (third from left), and poet Boris Pasternak (second from left) (undated)
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) with friends, including Lilya Brik, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (third from left), and poet Boris Pasternak (second from left) (undated)

(Left to right:) Lilya Brik; her husband Osip Brik, a staff member at the Soviet Embassy in Paris; and Mayakovsky in Paris in 1923.
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(Left to right:) Lilya Brik; her husband Osip Brik, a staff member at the Soviet Embassy in Paris; and Mayakovsky in Paris in 1923.

Mayakovsky at the "20 Years Of Work" exhibition in Moscow in 1924.
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Mayakovsky at the "20 Years Of Work" exhibition in Moscow in 1924.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (left) and the Mexican Communist Francisco Moreno in 1925.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (left) and the Mexican Communist Francisco Moreno in 1925.

Vladimir Mayakovsky in New York in 1925.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky in New York in 1925.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (left) and the Czech poet Josef Hora in Prague in 1926.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (left) and the Czech poet Josef Hora in Prague in 1926.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (right) on location with Lilya Brik in Yalta, 1926.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (right) on location with Lilya Brik in Yalta, 1926.

Vladimir Mayakovsky at the Gosizdat publishers in Moscow in 1929.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky at the Gosizdat publishers in Moscow in 1929.

(Left to right:) Painter and photographer Aleksandr Rodchenko, director Vsevolod Meyerkhold, poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and composer Dmitry Shostakovich in Moscow in 1929.
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(Left to right:) Painter and photographer Aleksandr Rodchenko, director Vsevolod Meyerkhold, poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and composer Dmitry Shostakovich in Moscow in 1929.

A photograph of Mayakovsky after he had apparently committed suicide by shooting himself in 1930.
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A photograph of Mayakovsky after he had apparently committed suicide by shooting himself in 1930.

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