1878, Kiev - 1935, Leningrad



  • oil on canvas. 87,5 х 72
  • ЖБ-1332

  • Пост.: 1926 через ГИНХУК (собр. МХК)

This composition consists of dynamic links of coloured geometric figures – a rectangle, square, circle and cross. Intersecting one another and existing in harmony, they are the letters of the universal language invented by Kazimir Malevich and called Suprematism. Malevich’s Suprematist movement developed the idea of the supremacy of the ultrapersonal essence of art. The “constructions” that comprise the composition of the picture, hovering in the white space of the background, personify the artist’s concept of an infinite universe. There is no tap or bottom in the picture. Nor is there any hint of narration. The artist creates a new reality, a sort of das Ding am sich, the existence of which is confined to the frames of the canvas. Suprematism is rich in colour and contains an aggressive emotional charge. Its impact on the viewer confirms the words of Nikolai Khardzhiev that “the word Suprematism implies the supremacy of the colour problem.

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