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Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

A pioneer of geometric abstract art, Malevich (1878–1935) was a Russian painter and art theoretician who championed for pure abstraction. The founder of the Suprematist art movement, he argued for abstract art based upon "the supremacy of pure artistic feeling," rather than visual depiction of objects. He was a devout Christian mystic who believed the central task of an artist was to render spiritual feeling, which he believed only pure color and form could achieve. Later in life, Malevich would completely abandon depicting reality and instead create a new visual language of shapes and forms that belonged exclusively in the realm of art for art’s sake.