The Woodcutter (1912) by Kasimir Malevich

The Woodcutter - Malevich, Kasimir - 1912 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Woodcutter
ArtistKasimir Malevich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions94 x 71.5 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
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About The Woodcutter

Kazimir Malevich’s “Woodcutter” is an oil painting created in 1912. The artwork portrays a sturdy peasant working with an axe. The painting is part of his “1st Peasant Cycle,” which depicts the lives and struggles of peasants in pre-revolutionary Russia. Malevich utilized techniques derived from Western European Cubists and Futurists to create a sense of vibrancy and motion in the painting.

Malevich was a prolific Russian avant-garde artist and writer, best known for his Black Square painting first displayed in The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0,10 in 1915. He believed that Suprematism was a new form of expression that moved away from traditional realism. Through Suprematism, he aimed to convey universal concepts such as infinity, timelessness, and freedom.

In “Woodcutter,” Malevich incorporates elements of Suprematism with the use of angular shapes and dynamic lines. While still representing reality through subject matter, he transforms it into geometric forms that transcend time and place. The painting is on display at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam alongside other great artworks from various artists around the world.

Overall, “Woodcutter” exemplifies Malevich’s unique style that combines elements from diverse art movements to create something truly groundbreaking. His portrayal of peasants brings attention to their importance in society while also giving them a voice through modern artistic techniques; ultimately sending out universal messages about timelessness and freedom which audiences can ponder over for eternity.

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