An Englishman in Moscow (1914) by Kasimir Malevich

An Englishman in Moscow - Kasimir Malevich - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleAn Englishman in Moscow
ArtistKasimir Malevich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions34 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. (88 x 57 cm.)
Current LocationStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

About An Englishman in Moscow

Kazimir Malevich was a Russian avant-garde artist and writer recognized for creating Suprematism. This art style focused on using basic geometric forms, such as circles, squares, or triangles, in vibrant colors to push the boundaries of traditional painting. In 1914, Malevich created An Englishman In Moscow, one of his most mysterious works that blends abstract geometry with touches of realism.

In this artwork, a man dressed in traditional English attire stands before an undefined background divided into colored shapes. The use of color in this painting is remarkable as Malevich balances primary colors with secondary hues while incorporating black-and-white lines to enhance the composition. Although the meaning behind this painting is uncertain and debatable among critics and art historians alike, some believe it reflects Malevich’s fondness for Western European cultures.

Malevich’s famous Black Square painting solidified him as one of Russia’s leading avant-garde artists when he showcased it at The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0,10 exhibition in Petrograd (St.Petersburg) during 1915. This work consisted only of a black square drawn on a white background-a profound statement intended to emphasize “the supremacy of pure feeling or perception.” Despite being unconventional at first glance, this simple piece marked a turning point in modern art history by freeing painters from representing reality and venturing into more abstract territory.

Overall, Malevich’s artwork remains highly regarded even after so many years precisely because he broke away from established norms and created revolutionary techniques that inspired future generations of artists worldwide.

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