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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Kazimir Malevich on painting, paint, colors, mankind, nature, artist, transformation, intuition, art, pure, truth and beauty.

30 Notable Quotes By Kazimir Malevich, The Founder Of Suprematism

Quick Facts

Famous As: Painter

Born On: February 23, 1879

Died On: May 15, 1935

Born In: Kiev

Died At Age: 56

Kazimir Malevich was a Russian painter known as the pioneer of the avant-garde ‘Suprematist movement’. He aspired to become a painter as a child and trained under some of the greatest artists of his age. He further enrolled himself in a renowned art school to sharpen his artistic skills. After completing his studies he successfully showcased his work in one of the most respected art exhibitions. This encouraged him to develop his 'Cubo-Futuristic' painting style while attending some other exhibitions. All through his career he has been very versatile and has worked in various styles. After the First World War, he developed his avant-garde style called ‘Suprematist’. His ideas were very unconventional which made his paintings more powerful. He developed his newly formed style through his book 'From Cubism to Suprematism'. During this, he came up with some of his most notable works like 'Black Square' and 'White On White'. He had various contacts in the west which helped him to promote this style on a global scale to influence upcoming artists. He expressed his thoughts on varied topics through his paintings, writings and work. Take a look at the thoughts and quotes by Kazimir Malevich which tends to give you few important truths of life in the most creative way.
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A painted surface is a real, living form.

Kazimir Malevich

Only when the habit of one's consciousness to see in paintings bits of nature, madonnas and shameless nudes... has disappeared, shall we see a pure painting composition.

Kazimir Malevich

Man, as a form, bears within him the eternal principle of being, and by economic movement along his endless path his form is also transformed, just as everything that lives in nature was transformed in him.

Kazimir Malevich

I have established the semaphore of Suprematism. I have beaten the lining of the colored sky, torn it away and in the sack that formed itself, I have put color and knotted it. Swim! The free white sea, infinity, lies before you.

Kazimir Malevich

A face painted in a picture gives a pitiful parody of life. . . but a painted surface lives.

Kazimir Malevich

Aestheticism is the garbage of intuitive feeling.

Kazimir Malevich

I ripped through the blue shade of the constraints of color.

Kazimir Malevich

I tell you, you will not see the new beauty and the truth, until you make up your minds to spit.

Kazimir Malevich

In 1913, trying desperately to liberate art from the ballast of the representational world, I sought refuge in the form of the square.

Kazimir Malevich

Being a painter, I ought to say why in pictures people's faces are painted green and red.

Kazimir Malevich

Shouldn't it give us pause that the oldest works of art are as impressive today in their beauty and spontaneity as they were many thousands of years ago?

Kazimir Malevich

Painters were also attorneys, happy storytellers of anecdote, psychologists, botanists, zoologists, archaeologists, engineers, but there were no creative painters.

Kazimir Malevich

The appearances of natural objects are in themselves meaningless; the essential thing is feeling - in itself and completely independent of the context in which it has been evoked.

Kazimir Malevich

The square is not a subconscious form. It is the creation of intuitive reason. The face of the new art. The square is a living, regal infant. The first step of pure creation in art.

Kazimir Malevich

Everywhere there is craft and technique; everywhere there is artistry and form. Art itself, technique, is ponderous and clumsy, and because of its awkwardness it obstructs that inner element...

Kazimir Malevich

I perceived that the 'thing' and the 'idea' were taken to be equivalents of feeling, and understood the lie of the world of will and idea. Is the milk bottle the symbol of milk?

Kazimir Malevich

The square = feeling, the white field = the void beyond this feeling.

Kazimir Malevich

I have broken the blue boundary of color limits, come out into the white; beside me comrade-pilots swim in this infinity.

Kazimir Malevich

By suprematism I mean the supremacy of pure feeling in creative art.

Kazimir Malevich

Painting is the aesthetic side of the object but it has never been original, has never been its own goal.

Kazimir Malevich

In art there is a need for truth, not sincerity.

Kazimir Malevich

To the Suprematist the visual phenomena of the objective world are, in themselves, meaningless; the significant thing is feeling, as such, quite apart from the environment in which it is called forth.

Kazimir Malevich

Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed.

Kazimir Malevich

Everything which we loved is lost. We are in a desert .... Before us is nothing but a black square on a white background!

Kazimir Malevich

Man's skull represents the same infinity for the movement of conceptions. It is equal to the universe, for in it is contained all that sees in it.

Kazimir Malevich

With the most primitive means the artist creates something which the most ingenious and efficient technology will never be able to create.

Kazimir Malevich

Only dull and impotent artists screen their work with sincerity. In art there is need for truth, not sincerity.

Kazimir Malevich

I realized that the "thing" and the "concept" were substituted for feeling and understood the falsity of the world of will and idea

Kazimir Malevich

There is movement and movement. There are movements of small tension and movements of great tension and there is also a movement which our eyes cannot catch although it can be felt. In art this state is called dynamic movement.

Kazimir Malevich

I recommend that you should work actively... and study the artistic structures of Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Watteau, Poussin, and other painters, even Chardin, where he is an artist. Study very closely their dabbing manner of execution and try to copy a small piece of canvas, just one square inch.

Kazimir Malevich