The Woodcutter is a strong example of the cubo-futurist style Malevich was using around 1912 to depict peasants going about their everyday lives. His paintings had developed an almost sculptural, 3D feel by this time in his career which really shines through in this work.
99 x 76cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, acquired in 1958, ownership recognised by agreement with the estate of Kazimir Malevich in 2008
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.