Kazimir Malevich – Morning in the Village after Snowstorm, 1913. Cubo-Futurism. In the exploratory environment of pre-WWl Europe, Kazimir Malevich was the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement arising out of Russia. In this first painting below, Malevich fused French #Cubism with Italian #Futurism and created the very short lived style, Cubo-Futurism.
At the end of the First World War and its Russian Revolution of 1917, Malevich continued painting and became a prominent faculty member of a number of art schools, including the Leningrad Academy of Arts. But by 1930, and with the death of Lenin, the tides were turning and he soon became banned by the Soviet government from making or exhibiting any of his works. The Stalinist regime turned against forms of abstraction, considering them a type of “Bourgeois” art, that could not express social realities. Subsequently, Adolf Hitler would follow suit and he to began banning artists and labeling them as “Degenerate” in 1933. Eventually the Soviets arrested him for his association with German artists and destroyed much of his work in the process.
After his death from lung cancer in 1935, Malevich’s modern art legacy has continued to grow. His geometric shapes and complex compositions are now regarded as masterpieces of Russian art. On 3 November 2008 a work by Malevich entitled, Suprematists Composition, from 1916 set the world record for any Russian work of art and any work sold at auction for that year, selling at Sotherby’s in New York for just over $60 million.