Suprematism (Supremus No. 58) (1916) by Kasimir Malevich

Suprematism (Supremus No. 58) - Kasimir Malevich - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleSuprematism (Supremus No. 58)
ArtistKasimir Malevich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions31 1/4 x 27 3/4 in. (79.5 x 70.5 cm.)
Current LocationState Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

About Suprematism (Supremus No. 58)

Suprematism is an abstract art style developed by Kasimir Malevich around 1915. The movement emphasizes the use of geometric shapes and colors in simple compositions against a white background. The name “Suprematism” reflects Malevich’s belief that this form of art represented a higher or more superior reality than traditional forms of art.

One of the most notable works from the Suprematist movement is “Supremus No.58, Yellow and Black,” created in 1916 by Kasimir Malevich. This painting is characterized by its geometric shapes, bright yellow and black colors, and lack of recognizable subject matter. Rather than portraying any particular objects or scenes, Suprematism aims to express pure feeling through form and color.

The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0.10 held in Petrograd (modern-day St. Petersburg) in 1915 was significant for showcasing works by Kazimir Malevich including “Supremus No.58”. The exhibition became known as the first publicly recognized display of purely abstract art, marking a turning point for modernism.

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