Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “White on White” (White Square)

Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “White on White” (White Square)

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One of the most famous works of the great Russian and Soviet artist - the avant-garde artist Kazimir Severinovich Malevich is the painting "White on White", or as it is also called "White Square".

This painting was completed in one thousand nine hundred and seventeen. This work is a white quadrangle on a snow-white background, which is somewhat different in shape from the square itself. The work was exhibited at the exhibition one thousand nine hundred and eighteen. Currently, the original painting is in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

During the period of work on the present masterpiece, the artist experienced a certain sensation of the so-called metaphysical emptiness, which he tried to express with great force in his “White Square”. And the color, faded, local, not quite festive, only increases the author’s eerie state. It is worth noting that this work is as if derived from the "Black Square".

The work “White on White” claims the name of a Suprematist icon no less than “Black Square”. In this picture, you can see the straight and clear lines of the square, which symbolize the fear of the meaninglessness of life. The artist poured all his spiritual experiences onto the canvas in the form of a kind of abstract and geometric art, which, however, bears a deep meaning.

According to numerous data, it became known that at the beginning of the work, Malevich, having depicted a square, lost sight of him, then after taking a closer look, he decided to identify the borders and highlight the main background. To do this, as can be seen in the picture, he painted the borders a little grayish, and the main background of the work made a darker tone.

Looking at this picture you can feel the depth of experience and the mood of the artist.

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