79 x 99
The onset of collectivisation and industrialisation under Stalin coincided with a repudiation of the avant-garde values, instilling a sensation of loneliness in Kazimir Malevich. The faceless peasant on this empty, post-catastrophe planet is frozen in silence. The air of quiet and complete calm reigning in the canvas symbolises non-existence and hopelessness There is no sensation of movement or creation in the plastics of the forms – only a solitary red house on the horizon, like a red traffic light halting movement.
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich (1878, Kiev - 1935, Leningrad)
Painter, graphic artist, writer on art, portraitist, landscapist, abstractionist. Studied at the Kiev School of Art (1895-1896) and Fyodor Roehrberg's studio in Moscow (1906-1910). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1905). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Moscow Fellowship of Artists (from 1907), Donkey's Tail (1912), Target (1913), Der Blaue Reiter (1912), Salon des Independants (1914), Tramcar V. First Futurist Exhibition (1915) and 0,10. Last Futurist Exhibition (1915-1916). Designed the sets and costumes for the Futurist opera "Victory Over the Sun" (1913). Member of the Union of Youth (1910) and Jack of Diamonds (1910, 1916). Founded the AFFIRMES OF THE NEW ARTgroup (1920). Worked for Department of An People's Commissariat of Education (1918-1919). Director of the Museum/Institute of Artistic Culture in Petrograd/Leningrad (1923-1926).