Kazimir Malevich, the founder of Russian abstract art, left a big mark on art. In addition to painting, Malevich was engaged in philosophy, including the philosophy of art.
Kazimir Malevich’s painting “Reapers” refers to the so-called “peasant” period of the artist’s creative activity. In addition to this canvas, during this period were written “Head of a Peasant” and other works. The painting “Reapers” shows three women in a field during the harvest season. The artist tried to convey without embellishment the usual rural peasant life, the severity of labor in the field. All this is read on the face of the woman in the foreground. On the left, the artist depicted the shade of a tree in which women can find shelter from the scorching sun.
In the background of the picture, the artist depicted the Nikolsky Church in the village of Romashkovo, where he loved to visit and work. The artist even bequeathed to bury himself in those places, so it is possible that from his grave the same view opens as shown in the painting “The Reapers”.
Kazimir Malevich approached the depiction of peasant life with great attention. He considered a peasant life impossible without religion and icons, which is why the influence of the principles of Russian icon painting is felt in his paintings of the peasant cycle.
Year of painting: 1929.
Painting dimensions: no data.
Writing technique: oil.
Genre: genre painting.
Gallery: State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.