Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “Bathers”

Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “Bathers”

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To date, the work is stored in St. Petersburg, in the State Russian Museum. It was painted in the early 1930s on oil on canvas. The size of the canvas is 79x98.5 centimeters.

At this time, the artist proceeded to the period of his work, where he tried to create new human figures and objects that were supposedly assembled from different geometric shapes. After this stage, he began to depict characters that could be easily recognized. These were realistic objects and heroes. Here Malevich had to abandon Suprematism.

The performance picture is more like some kind of caricature carelessly executed on paper between cases. In front of us, we see three naked men who have a similar appearance and physique. One has a different hair color from the other men, as well as beards. He does not even have a face. Kazimir Malevich decided to leave him a simple oval of white color.

At that time, quite possibly, Malevich wanted to copy the patterns that had previously been installed on the beaches. These are such large templates in which you could insert your face, and you had the opportunity to take pictures in another, unlike yourself real, image. It is the athletic structure of the figures depicted in the picture that prompts such a thought. Exactly these were painted on beach patterns. The painter, mocking, as if invites anyone who wants to expose his face under an empty oval.

It is very difficult to understand why bathers have practically no fingers on their hands. Some critics believe that the poorly drawn fingers of the characters indicate that the characters on the canvas have no meaning in life. All the faceless outlines of people on the canvases of Malevich are a kind of spiritual energy that can be compared with a fresco in the church.

Pictures by Valentin Serov

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