Suprematist Painting (1917) by Kasimir Malevich

Suprematist Painting - Kasimir Malevich - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleSuprematist Painting
ArtistKasimir Malevich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions38 x 25 3/4 in. (96.5 x 65.4 cm.)
Art MovementSuprematism
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York

About Suprematist Painting

The artwork “Suprematist Painting” by Kasimir Malevich dates back to 1917 and exemplifies the Suprematism art movement. Malevich crafted this piece using oil on canvas, and it measures 38 x 25 3/4 inches (96.5 x 65.4 cm). The genre of the artwork is abstract, and it is currently housed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The artwork presents a composition of geometric shapes that float against a light background. A large gray circle partly obscured by a black vertical rectangle serves as a central anchor for the arrangement of shapes. It is accompanied by smaller elements: a red rectangle, a slender rectangle in red and black, as well as elongated rectangles in green, blue, and pink hues occupying various positions on the canvas. The use of colors is restrained, with a preference for muted tones that allow the interplay of forms to take center stage, rather than the vibrancy of colors. The shapes vary in opacity and seem to be carefully balanced, creating a sense of weightlessness and dynamic movement within the plane.

This artwork embodies the fundamental principles of Suprematism, focusing on the purity of shape and form, and the visual language of geometry. Malevich’s innovative approach paved the way for a new art paradigm that stepped away from representational art, instead celebrating the abstract form as a vehicle for spirituality and profound expression.

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