Kazimir Malevich. Reservist of the First Division. fall-winter 1914

Kazimir Malevich Reservist of the First Division fall-winter 1914

Floor 5, Collection Galleries

Isolated fragments of displaced body parts juxtaposed with collage elements and geometric planes of color comprise this unconventional military portrait. The "reservist" refers to an army-trained officer under the age of forty-three, who, like the artist, was liable to be called up in the event of war. A dominant blue square floats in place of the face one might expect. For Malevich, the form of the square embodied physical and spiritual qualities: "The square is not a subconscious form. It is the creation of intuitive reason. It is the face of the new art."

Gallery label from 2015
Medium
Oil on canvas with collage of printed paper, postage stamp, and thermometer
Dimensions
21 1/8 x 17 5/8" (53.7 x 44.8 cm)
Credit
1935 Acquisition confirmed in 1999 by agreement with the Estate of Kazimir Malevich and made possible with funds from the Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest (by exchange)
Object number
814.1935
Department
Painting and Sculpture