Kazimir Malevich Suprematizm. 34 risunka (Suprematism: 34 Drawings) 1920

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This book is essentially a theoretical and visual textbook of Suprematism, an abstract style based on simple geometric shapes against a white background that Malevich pioneered in 1915. These reductive geometries seem to be the product of extremely rational thinking, but Malevich’s writings confirm that ultimately he was seeking a strong spiritual feeling. Describing a painting he had made of a black square, he said, "The square equals feeling, the white background equals nothingness."

Gallery label from Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection, June 11–August 18, 2008
Author
the artist
Medium
Book with thirty-five lithographed illustrations (including cover) and lithographed manuscript text
Dimensions
page (each): 8 9/16 x 7 1/16" (21.8 x 18 cm)
Publisher
UNOVIS, Vitebsk
Printer
probably El Lissitzky, Vitebsk
Edition
approx. 100
Credit
Gift of The Judith Rothschild Foundation
Object number
82.2001
Department
Drawings and Prints