In Malevich's last years he reverted to painting very stylised figures. This vibrant work was originally painted on plywood and depicts peasant women harvesting a field. It’s a beautiful example of his desire to 'sense' images rather than trying to create something representative.
Harvesting. Study for a Painting
72.8 x 52.8cm
Oil on plywood
Date of work
Original: The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg
A pioneer of abstract art, Kazimir Malevich was a painter and designer whose career coincided with the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and their aftermath. Malevich was the founder of the abstract style Suprematism which was a leading force in the development of Constructivism, the repercussions of which were felt throughout the 20th century. Malevich’s most famous works explored pure geometric forms and their relationships to each other within the painting. He continued to heavily influence the evolution of non-representational art in the West long after his death in 1935.