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Boy (Vanka). 1928–1929

Malevich Kazimir,
Oil on plywood
72 x 51,5

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1936 от наследников, Ленинград


The works created by Malevich after 1928 are stylistically heterogeneous. Some are directly related to his paintings of the early 1910s. One such work is Vanka, which also corresponds to another later work, At Harvesting (Marfa and Vanka). In the late 1920s, working on a new means of codifying reality, Malevich returned to a form of lubok expressiveness. The artist''''s later images ,born from memories of his first peasant cycle, embody the bright and agitating colour combinations of lubok and the strict, ponderous rhythms of geometric volumes.

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).

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