Besides the black square, which square did Malevich also paint?
When Kazimir Malevich created the ‘Red Square’, he envisioned his creation as an abandoning of all materialism. The painting is a representation of simplicity in its purest form with a red quadrilateral on a white field.
While the colour evokes traditional religious icon paintings found in Russia, the style is a complete abstraction. Originally known as Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions, it is left to the viewer to make the connection between the concept and the image.
The art world embraced the Red Square as a key starting point for the Constructivism movement, although the painting was criticised by contemporaries when it was first created. Malevich saw the painting as a representation of his ability to go further into the unknown of life and his spiritual feelings. By delving into life’s unknown, the artist believed that a transformation can take place.