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Malevichs Suprematism and Religion Evgenia Petrova

Malevichs Suprematism and Religion

Evgenia Petrova

Published April 17th 2012
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According to Kazimir Malevich, the black square represents much more than just a pure form of nonobjective art—it represents the divine. Surveying the presence of religion throughout Malevichs oeuvre, looking particularly at his lectures andMoreAccording to Kazimir Malevich, the black square represents much more than just a pure form of nonobjective art—it represents the divine. Surveying the presence of religion throughout Malevichs oeuvre, looking particularly at his lectures and manifestos, Yevgenia Petrova’s essay offers a detailed account into the mind behind the black squares.ExcerptWhy did Malevich return so often to the black square throughout his career? Was it the urge to reproduce his original masterpiece, or did these repetitions manifest a particular idea? The artists own writings show that his approach to the black square in 1920 differed cardinally from his stance in 1913, when his seminal canvas first appeared in a performance of the Futurist opera Pobeda nad solntsem (Victory Over the Sun) as part of the sets that launched Suprematism. The black square now acquired not just aesthetic significance, but spiritual significance. In a 1920 letter to Mikhail Gershenzon, Malevich wrote: This is the form of a new living organism.... It is not painting- it is something else. He continued: I had the idea that were humanity to draw an image of the Divinity after its own image, perhaps the black square is the image of God as the essence of His perfection on a new path for todays fresh beginning. This may suggest why Malevich repeated the black square several times: its form and color appear to have best expressed the artists understanding of the image of God in the relationship between man and the universe.