Red Square Painterly Realism of a Peasant (1915) by Kasimir Malevich

Red Square Painterly Realism of a Peasant - Kasimir Malevich - 1915

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TitleRed Square Painterly Realism of a Peasant
ArtistKasimir Malevich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions53 x 53 cm
Art MovementSuprematism
Current LocationRussian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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About Red Square Painterly Realism of a Peasant

Red Square, also known as Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions, is a painting regarded as one of the most prominent works from Kazimir Malevich’s collection. The painting showcases an example of suprematism art which emphasizes pure abstraction and geometric shapes. Malevich published his beliefs in Suprematism and the value of pure aesthetic feeling derived from geometric shapes through his manifesto in 1915. The red quadrilateral on a white field transpired without figurative elements that usually relate to any outside world.

In 1913, Malevich first introduced Red Square as stage curtains for the opera “Victory Over the Sun,” before displaying it at The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0.10 in Petrograd two years later. Suprematism declared supremacy over forms of nature and completely abandoned all reference to the outside world. Red Square had gained critical acclaim with exhibitions throughout Europe before being deemed bourgeois by the Stalinist regime.

Malevich’s works greatly influenced abstract artists throughout Europe and America during his time, setting an unparalleled standard for modern artwork designs that featured pure abstraction and emphasized basic geometrical shapes instead of representing reality or identifiable objects which was a fundamental shift in modern Art history towards expression rather than depiction.

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