Supremus No. 58

Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (1879–1935).Oil on canvas (79.5 x 70.5 cm); painted 1916.  State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.


5 Responses to “Supremus No. 58”

  1. Why?

    Two times:

    Why did you post it?

    Why did the painter paint it?

    • telescoper Says:

      Why did I post it?

      After last week’s Opera (with its design influenced by constructivism) I was looking through a book of Russian avant-garde art of the early 20th century and thought I’d post this example of suprematism, by Malevich because I like it.

      Suprematicism and constructivism are quite distinct movements, but share some common elements, especially the focus on abstract geometrical forms.

      Why did the painter paint it?

      He’s long dead so you can’t ask him, but I’d like to think it was so that 101 years later it would still annoy people.

    • Anton Garrett Says:

      To the latter, money or madness. But let us not blame the artist, for there has always been trash; the problem lies in a culture that values this stuff as art.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    Clearly in the great tradition of Leonardo da Vinci, Canaletto etc!

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