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Kazimir Severinovich Malevich

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  • Kazimir Malevich
  • Square and Cone
  • pencil on paper
  • 11 by 16cm, 4 1/4 by 6 1/4 in.
  • Executed in 1915


Collection of Anna Alexandrovna Leporskaya, Leningrad
Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne
Acquired from the above


J-C. Marcadé, Malévitch, Paris: Casterman, 1990, p.150, no.221 illustrated upside down
A.Nakov, Kazimir Malewicz. Catalogue Raisonné, Paris: Adam Biro, 2002, p.336, no.S-659 illustrated
T.Andersen, K.S. Malevich, The Leporskaya Archive, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011, p.152, no.388 illustrated

Catalogue Note

The present work dates from 1915, the year of the famous 0,10 exhibition in Petrograd at which the first Suprematist works were exhibited including the now legendary Black Square. This fundamental Suprematist shape is emblematic of Malevich’s philosophy – so much so that he used it to sign canvases and his Unovis students wore it on their shirt cuffs in a semi-masonic symbol of their allegiance and fealty.

As a general rule Malevich’s drawings are not preparatory studies, but finished compositions and self-sufficient Suprematist artworks in their own right. His drawings of this time are typically contained within a freely drawn rectangular box creating a finite space or universe for the work within which the forms interact. The concept of a composition placed within a boundary was influenced by his earlier study of traditional Russian lubki and icons.