Russian Museum
Augmented Reality


Suprematism. 1915–16

Malevich Kazimir,
Oil on сanvas
80,5 x 71

State Russian Museum


This painting 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 ultra-personal essence of art. Hovering in the white space of the background, the “constructions” that comprise the composition of the picture personify the artist’s concept of an infinite universe.
There is no top or bottom in the picture. The artist creates a new reality, a sort of das Ding an sich, the existence of which is confined to the frames of the canvas. The attempt to not only feel oneself part of the universe led Kazimir Malevich to employ in his art the experiences of the psychology of human perception.

Author's Biography

Malevich Kazimir

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).

© Russian museum 2013-2024