Suprematism (1916-17) by Kasimir Malevich

Suprematism - Kasimir Malevich - 1916-17

Artwork Information

ArtistKasimir Malevich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (80 x 80 cm.)
Current LocationFine Arts Museum, Krasnodar

About Suprematism

Kasimir Malevich was a revolutionary figure in the art world and the creator of Suprematism, an avant-garde movement that placed emphasis on pure feeling and perception over realistic representation. This non-objective art form disregarded traditional painting styles, using a limited range of colors and geometric shapes instead. The pinnacle of Malevich’s Suprematist work was his White on White series, in which he achieved a new level of abstract art by eliminating all elements of objective representation.

Malevich maintained that Suprematism constituted a new realism in painting. However, despite its radical tendencies, he claimed it to be more ‘realistic’ than conventional art forms by prioritizing emotional impact over physical resemblance. Moreover, the ideology behind Malevich’s artistic practice emphasized human emotions and instinctual responses over narrative or figurative interpretation.

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