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Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “Portrait of Matyushin”


In 1913, the famous artist K. Malevich painted an unusual painting, "Portrait of Matyushin," in the style of a new art movement at that time - cubofuturism. Unlike most of his followers, Malevich did not use only monochrome colors in his work. He painted it with oil, applying a rich color palette and depicting realistic elements in different corners of the picture, perfectly conveying the dynamics of the composition and combining the incompatible.

Despite the abstractness of the picture, an attentive person will be able to see on the canvas a forehead and dark hair, separated by even parting, some details of clothing. It is thanks to these "passages" that we can understand that we have a portrait, and not a set of geometric figures painted in different colors.

The first thing that the viewer's eye falls on is a long horizontal strip of many white rectangles that runs in the center of the canvas. As you know, Matyushin was not only a great artist, but also a composer, and Malevich decided to focus on his musical talent in his work. Of course, white squares are piano keys. The artist also hints at the originality of Matyushin's musical system with the help of the absence of the usual black keys.

Malevich perfectly conveyed the dynamics of an abstract image. Large figures seem to break up into many smaller ones, and they, in turn, also undergo decay. The painting "Portrait of Matyushin", without a doubt, is one of the best works of art, made in the aggregate of the styles of cubism and futurism.





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