Suprematism Russian abstract art & design style

Suprematism pattern by Nikolai Suetin
Suprematism pattern by Nikolai Suetin

Suprematism was a non-objective style of art developed by Kasimir Malevich in which ‘modern symbols’ such as the rectangle, triangle, and circle replaced the more conventional obsession with the human face and natural objects. Malevich announced his new system at the exhibition 0.10 held in 1915, which included works such as Black Square (Russian Museum, St. Petersburg). However, his Suprematist Composition (Museum of Modern Art, New York) was dated a year earlier. After 1916 Malevich’s compositions became more complex and more mystical with the White-on-White series.

The graphic artist El Lissitzky exported Suprematism to Germany when he moved there in 1922. The ideas of the movement were transmitted through Laszlo Moholy-Nagy to the Bauhaus.


Clarke, M. (2010). The concise dictionary of art terms. Oxford University Press.

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