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Black SquareMalevich and the Origin of Suprematism$
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Aleksandra Shatskikh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140897

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140897.001.0001

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The Supremus Society

The Supremus Society

(p.136) Chapter 4 The Supremus Society
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Aleksandra Shatskikh

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Kazimir Malevich's use of the term supremus to describe his paintings, drawings, theoretical interpretations, and organizational activities between 1916 and 1918, and explains that Malevich first used the term supremus in an April 1946 letter to Mikhail Matiushin to describe his non-objective paintings. The supremus works were assigned numbers attesting to their specific logic and their connections within the whole. The chapter also describes some of Malevich's supremuses including Supremus No. 51, Supremus No. 50, and Supremus No. 57.

Keywords:   supremus, Kazimir Malevich, paintings, drawings, theoretical interpretations, organizational activities, non-objective paintings

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