Marpha and Van’ka by Kazimir Malevich

Марфа и Ванька, or Marpha and Van’ka, was a modern artwork by Kazimir Malevich from around 1929. By now the artist was ageing and this would be one of his final paintings from a long and highly distinguished career. The portrait comes from a series of work which is known as his 2nd Peasant Cycle … Read more

Little Village by Kazimir Malevich

Little Village is a painting by Kazimir Malevich which was finished in 1908 and is now a part of a large collection in the Netherlands. This complex piece features a charming landscape which might remind some of the work of Klimt and Kandinsky. This delightful painting features a large number of dwellings which are equally … Read more

Landscape with Five Houses by Kazimir Malevich

Landscape with Five Houses makes use of a bright colour scheme which almost feels slightly Mediterranean, which would not be in keeping with Malevich’s upbringing within the Russian Empire of the early 20th century. As with most of this artist’s abstract pieces, the title sums up perfectly what can be found within the composition. The … Read more

Landscape with a White House by Kazimir Malevich

Пейзаж с белым домом was the original Russian title given to this painting by its creator, Kazimir Malevich. It translates directly as Landscape with a White House and is a lesser known but entirely charming piece from this artist’s considerable and varied oeuvre. This small artwork from 1929 is only around half a metre tall … Read more

Landscape (1911) by Kazimir Malevich

This bright landscape scene was completed by Kazimir Malevich in 1911 and is somewhat unusual when considering the main themes and styles of his career. The abstract style, coupled with a relaxed delivery of form could remind some of Gustav Klimt’s landscapes, perhaps also of related artists Egon Schiele and Franz Marc. They all made … Read more

Lamp, Musical Instruments by Kazimir Malevich

Lamp, Musical Instruments by Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich’s evocative painting, “Lamp, Musical Instruments,” a masterful oil on canvas sized at 87.5 x 73.5 x 5cm, finds its home in the revered Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Painted in 1913, during an epoch of profound artistic exploration in Europe, the work subtly weaves together the interplay of musical instruments and abstract symbols. … Read more

The Knifegrinder by Kazimir Malevich

This painting is loosely dated to 1912/1913 and there has been a lack of clarity to many of this artist’s work because of his lack of documentation. The artwork is sometimes referred to its full title of The Knife Grinder (Principle of Glittering) and it can be found at the Yale Unviersity Art Gallery which … Read more

Head of a Peasant Girl by Kazimir Malevich

1913 marked the arrival of this Cubist portrait and Malevich, its creator, was soon to go on a stylistic path of discovery that would ultimately lead to the formation of the Suprematist art movement. This painting has been classified under the first peasant cycle which was a body of work by Malevich that focused on … Read more

The Farmer’s Gaze: Deciphering Head of a Peasant by Kazimir Malevich

Head of a Peasant by Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich’s Head of a Peasant (1913) is a small painting that embodies a pivotal moment in the evolution of modern art. At just 23 x 22 centimeters, this modest portrait nonetheless contains the rupturing forces that would shatter centuries of artistic tradition. The fractured planes of the peasant woman’s face signal Malevich’s break with … Read more

Haymaking by Kazimir Malevich

Haymaking features a single figure portrait in the foreground, with many more people dotted around in the distance, which is entirely typical of the work of artist Malevich. He brought attention to the lives of the working poor in Russia through his modern art styles. In front of us here we find a worker dressed … Read more