Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kazimir Malevich

Happy Birthday Kazimir Malevich!! The Russian born (1878) artist turned away from Cubism to found Suprematism, an interest in pure abstraction. His White on White was the ultimate representation of “Non-Representational” art. Malevich taught for a time, and eventually returned to more figurative work. Unfortunately the socialist politics in his country turned against Modern Art and he died in poverty.

Suprematism founder Kazimir Malevich believed the Russian Revolution would give way to a new focus on spiritual freedom. He professed an aesthetic theory “the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts.” Recognizable objects meant nothing to him. He disagreed with the use of art for political, social or moral commentary.

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