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Suprematism, the invention of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was one of the earliest and most radical developments in abstract art. Its name derived from Malevich’s belief that Suprematist art would be superior to all the art of the past, and that it would lead to the “supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts.” Heavily influenced by avant-garde poets, and an emerging movement in literary criticism, Malevich derived his interest in defying reason. He believed that there were only delicate links between words or signs and the objects they denote. And just as the poets and literary critics were interested in what constituted literature, Malevich came to be intrigued by the search for art’s barest essentials. It was a radical and experimental project that at times came close to a strange mysticism. Its influenced art in Russia in the early 1920s, and it was important in shaping Constructivism, just as it has been in inspiring abstract art to this day. (The Art Story)

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German, 1880–1938
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Russian, 1890–1941
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Russian, 1878–1935

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