We were a band of children at the heder, already detached from Talmudic studies for an entire

generation but fed on the leaven of analysis.

Having only just taken up pencil and brush, we immediately started dissecting not only the

world around us but ourselves.

Who were we?

What was our place in the concert of nations?

What was our culture?

And what should our art be?

All this was settled in a few towns in Lithuania, Byelorussia and Ukraine, and continued in Paris

(…)”

El Lissitzky, Rimmon/Milgroïm, n°3, Berlin, 1923