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The subject of self-portrait was used by K. Malevich throughout his creative activity. Picturesque images of himself constitute a peculiar chronicle of life, and in each image the artist appears from a new perspective. The features of each painting, including style, technique and attributes, help to imagine the emotional state in which the author was at the time of writing each of the self-portraits. Currently, art critics know about the five canonical self-portraits of Malevich. Of these, the earliest dates from 1907, and the last 1934.
Malevich’s most unusual self-portrait was created in 1933, shortly before the death of the great avant-garde artist. This picture is a kind of manifesto of a creator passing away, but leaving this world not broken by a serious illness and repressions of a totalitarian government, but, on the contrary, with a proudly raised head and fully defending its natural right to creative freedom.
Enduring strength of mind is expressed in a self-portrait through a proud fit of the head, a powerfully painted face and a look filled with solemn seriousness in which unpronounced words are read. The Venetian costume, in which the artist is depicted, is a reference both to the Renaissance and the Reformation period, thereby emphasizing the innovative, revolutionary nature of Malevich’s work.
The artist’s gesture in the picture is noteworthy: most critics agree that Malevich holds an imaginary “black square” in his hand, symbolizing the hope that future generations will understand his work. A miniature black square is placed in the lower right corner of the picture - where the author’s signature is usually put. By this, the artist emphasizes faith in his creative rightness.
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