Malevich’s Suprematism

“From the bottomless entrails of darkness arises the shining spark of a new culture” – Kazimir Malevich

The Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), developed a new form of painting called Suprematism during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution and the First World War. Suprematism reflects the revolutionary spirit through abandoning the traditional mode of objective painting. The painting Black Square, is the epitome of non-objectivity, which Malevich referred to as “the icon of our era.”

Malevich explored a non-objective realm, which provokes a sense of purity, dynamism, and the interaction of forms within an intelligible space.

Black Square (1923)

 

Suprematism (1915)

The Suprematist movement exemplifies a break from the past, with an energy and sense of dynamism reminiscent of a new age. The paintings express an egalitarian spirit, a freedom of motion, in which the varied geometric forms float equally throughout the infinite space.

 

For more info and reading on Malevich check out:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/04/kazimir-malevich-liberated-painting-tate

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/malevich

https://www.newcriterion.com/issues/1990/11/art-revolution-and-kazimir-malevich

 

 

 

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