Malevich abandoned representative images in favour of what he called Suprematism in 1915. This work, from that year, is a great example of his use of severely reduced geometrical forms that seem to push and pull against each other with a certain energy.
87.5 x 72cm
Oil on canvas
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.