Kazimir Malevich came to his personal revelation of Suprematism via Impressionism, Cubism and Cubo-Futurism. Malevich’s relatively short career – slightly more than two decades – was incredibly rich and complex. After launching the Suprematist movement and painting such non-objective compositions as Black Square (1915), he suddenly stopped painting in the early 1920s, turning his attention to architecture and design. The artist only took up painting again in the late 1920s, transforming Suprematism into an innovative fusion of figurativeness and non-objectivity. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, he created new iconic images of peasant men and women for his own “iconostasis” of contemporary Russia.

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