Suprematist Painting No. 38, created by Kazimir Malevich in 1916, is one of the most famous works of the Suprematism movement. This abstract art style explores pure color and pure light, representing a new realism in painting according to Malevich. The painting features geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles and circles in black, white and various shades of red against a white background.
Malevich was one of the pioneers of Suprematism which sought to develop a form of expression that moved as far as possible from the world of natural forms. He vehemently believed that previous abstraction movements like Cubism had not taken it far enough. He believed that Suprematism presented an ideal way to express pure feeling or perception without any reference to concrete objects.
Apart from being known for his involvement in Suprematism, Malevich also experimented with other painting styles including Symbolism, Impressionism and Cubism early on in his career before developing his distinctive style. His artworks were driven by both social and theoretical ideals which led him away from traditional art forms.
Overall, Suprematist Painting No. 38 embodies everything that Malevich desired for his artistic vision at that specific moment while remaining one of his most recognizable works even today almost over 100 years later.