Saturday, October 3, 2009


Suprematism was created by previous cubo-futurist, Kasimir Malevich. The birth of Suprematism was thanks to Victory Over the Sun, a futurist opera production in 1913 and was also influenced by the ideas of a Russian mathematician, philosopher, & disciple named Georges Gurdjieff P.D. Ouspensky. Malevich introduced the idea of Suprematism to the public through his manifesto 0.10 The Last Futurist Exhibition.

Suprematism focused on fundamental geometric forms like the circle & square. It was first announced around 1915-1916 in Russia. Malevich thought one painting he did of a black square on a white background was such a powerful image to him because "I felt only night within me and it was then that I conceived the new art, which I called Suprematism." He believed that "Suprematism is the rediscovery of pure art that, in the course of time, had become obscured by the accumulation of "things" and that "The artist (the painter) is no longer bound to the canvas (the picture plane) and can transfer his compositions from canvas to space".

Critics did not take likely to the Suprematism movement and the trend quickly faded. The public said "Everything which we loved is lost. We are in a desert . . . . Before us is nothing but a black square on a white background!"

Though there was a short period of time where Suprematism & Constructivism crossed over, Constructivism quickly took over the spotlight. In 1919, Malevich announced the demise of Suprematism. Today though the same forms of art are still used. Nowadays artists and the public can look at a circle on a white background and feel something from it, read a message out of it of what the artist was trying to say, & be influenced greatly by it. Suprematism had a major impact on the things we call art today. It never really 'died'. It was just overlooked because it was something new and different that the world wasn't ready for just yet.

Sheryl Mueller

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