N. M. Tarabukin was one of the prominent figures of the "left" art, author of the book "From the easel to the machine" (1923), which was a significant document proizvodstvennogo movement, which proclaimed the rejection of traditional easel painting. Teaching Tarabukin began in the Proletkult and the Workshops, and then continued it in Gostime V. E. Meyerhold, in the Boom, in 1934 and taught a course in spatial arts GITIS. In the documents of the Institute about him said, "Tarabukin is the only one of Moscow's critics devote their teaching to the training of art workers of theatre and cinema". Ideas of the analysis of plastic arts, set out by Tarabukina in his lectures and manuscripts recently published papers (in particular, "the Problem of space in painting"), divided the leading teachers of the University. Together with them, Tarabukin survived the campaign against cosmopolitanism (1948-1949gg), had been criticized for formalism. Most of the works Tarabukina was published posthumously, in particular, the monograph of M. A. Vrubel, work in composition, theory, rhythm, gesture in ancient art.