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October 7, 2021

Suprematist Composition (Eight Red Rectangles) — Kasimir Malevich

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Russian artist Kasimir Severinovich Malevich (1878-1935) painted this oil on canvas in 1915, the same year he laid down the foundations of Suprematism in his manifesto, "From Cubism to Suprematism."

It measures 24" x 20".

It is one of Malevich's earliest Suprematist paintings, and first went on public display in the legendary "The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings '0-10' (zero-ten)," the first exhibition in which Malevich presented a group of nonobjective paintings demonstrating his ideas about a new art that he called Suprematism.

From the Stedelijk Museum:

Malevich sought a form of art that was free from previous conceptions of color, shape, and perspective.

He believed that the purely pictorial aspect of painting was superior to all other elements in painting, and needed to be liberated from recognizable representations of reality.

Suprematism was influenced by Russian Cubo-Futurism.

Principal elements were movement, simultaneity, and cosmic insights.

The painting is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Stedelijk holds the largest collection of Malevich's work outside Russian.

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