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Kazimir Malevich is a Russian and Soviet artist who mainly worked in avant-garde styles such as symbolism, cubism, neo-primitivism, and cubo-futuristic realism. It became most famous thanks to the creation of the Suprematism trend, which Malevich independently invents, substantiates, for a long time writes articles on the philosophy of Suprematism and accompanies a group of young avant-garde artists.
Few artists have so many works written in completely different moods and styles - from realism, impressionism to primitive, in terms of academic classical art, painting options. Of course, Malevich was a gifted creative person, but after two unsuccessful attempts to enter the St. Petersburg Art College, he tries to find his way and his place in world art. And although his avant-garde work is very ambiguous, to this day it causes a lot of criticism, debate, outright rejection, it is obvious that Malevich managed to earn his recognition and world-wide fame.
In the technique of creating his famous Suprematist and cubic images, Malevich uses certain unusual tricks. So, he creates most colors by applying one layer of paint to another, for example, red on black, which not only gives the color a certain heavy saturation, but today allows experts to establish the authenticity of the artist’s paintings. Also, in addition to the geometric piling up of monochrome figures, Malevich sometimes fills the figures with a spectacular full-color palette, from the brightest shade of color to pale, fading into a normal white background.
The female portrait was painted in 1919 in oil on a plywood sheet. Here, the artist departs from his traditional facelessness and even gives his face some expression - the eyelids above tired eyes appear bulky, lips are tightly compressed, a thin nose is indicated by an orange shadow. The blue collar or ribbon on the neck acts as a kind of decoration of the image, but the non-harmonizing red color on the clothes and the green background introduce contradiction and a kind of protest into the image.
In his later works, Kazimir Malevich returns to landscapes, realistic portraits. Perhaps the understatement in Suprematist painting and the need to satisfy creative and emotional thirst played a role.
Kuindzhi Night on the Dnieper