Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist painting (with black trapezium and red square), 1915, oil on canvas, 40” x 24½”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist painting (with black trapezium and red square), 1915, oil on canvas, 40” x 24½”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Kazimir Malevich: Easy Access?

Ironically, the paintings that Kazimir Malevich intended to be easily understood are perplexing to many people.  He painted crisp, geometric shapes on white fields in his fully developed suprematist paintings.

Malevich’s paintings are intended simply to convey the dynamic relationship between the forms on the canvas.  In this painting, the artist meant for a viewer to notice that some shapes are on top and others appear to have movement.

What one does not need to appreciate these paintings is any knowledge of mythology or religion or anything else that to that point characterized fine art in art academies around the world.

Malevich’s suprematism was a new style of painting for a new world many fought for in Russia in the Bolshevik Revolution.  He swept away the old and ushered in the new with his utopian and revolutionary art movement.

He created art for the masses, easily understood by all.  Supposedly.

Other works of art by Kazimir Malevich

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