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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of some of the most influential people, who are no longer amongst us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Russian artist, Kazimir Malevich.

Early Influences in Art

Kazimir Malevich was born in Ukraine in 1879. He came from a humble background. His father worked in a sugar factory and then in construction. It may therefore have come as a surprise that young Malevich chose to pursue art. As a young teen, he would draw, sketch and paint because it made him happy. So happy in fact, that he enrolled in art school, so he could be trained formally.

Consequently, Malevich studied at the Kiev School of Art, the Stroganov School in Moscow, and the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Whilst training, the young painter was mentored by several famed artists. Konstantin Korovin and Ivan Rerberg taught him about form, colour and important European movements. All these factors influenced him greatly to eventually become the artistic great he was.

Kazimir Malevich : Making & Breaking

Wassily Kandinsky and Mikhail Larionov influenced much of Malevich’s stylistic evolution in the early 1910s. Malevich further associated himself with several Futurists and Cubists. He often borrowed from this visual vocabulary. However, in 1915 came the definitive moment when the Malevich finally seemed to have found his style. He published his manifesto From Cubism to Suprematism. From this point on, Malevich embraced abstraction. At the peak of his career, the painter has completely moved away from figuration. He became an art instructor. And he even wrote a book on Suprematism called O Novykh Sistemakh v Iskusstve (On New Systems in Art) .

Being a Russian artist, the political landscape of the country was at the core of his art. Unfortunately, the Soviet government banned Modern art. Therefore, despite being recognised as an art titan today, Kazimir Malevich died in complete poverty. He died in 1935.

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