Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism: 34 Drawings
by Patricia Railing
A facsimile edition of Kazimir Malevich, SUPREMATISM 34 Drawings, was published in 1990 by Artists Bookworks, accompanied by an introduction to the drawings by Patricia Railing; it is now out of print. The latest translation from Russian and a new introductory text by Patricia Railing, “Reading the 34 Sketches,” is included in this 2014 reprint of Malevich’s small volume. The Russian text and plates were scanned from an original copy, and the small book is the same size as the 1920 lithographed Russian version.
The sketches themselves are a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Malevich’s use of geometric shapes and bold colors, as well as his rejection of representational art, were revolutionary at the time. The sketches in this volume range from abstract compositions to more recognizable objects such as trees and houses, all executed with Malevich’s signature style. Reading through the accompanying translation by Patricia Railing adds another layer of understanding to these sketches, allowing readers to delve deeper into Malevich’s artistic vision. Overall, this reprint is a valuable addition to any art lover’s collection, providing insight into the early days of abstract art and one artist’s groundbreaking contributions to the movement.
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