Kazimir Malevich is the brightest representative of the art of the twentieth century, the hoaxer by his nature left behind many mysteries and blank spots. Researchers of his life and work are still wondering what is true in his biography and what is fiction.
Kazimir Malevich’s painting “The Head of a Peasant” is a sketch for the large work “Peasant Funeral”, which has been lost and, unfortunately, has not yet been found. Some researchers believe that it can be destroyed.
This painting differs from the artist’s previous works by the presence of a horizon. This gives it a kind of volume, Kazimir Malevich himself noted that this work was written in the genre of supranaturalism.
The eyes are the semantic center of the picture, because the rest of the depicted forms are quite surreal. You should not consider individual elements of the picture, you need to perceive it as a whole. In this case, you can see a tired peasant after a hard day in the field.
It is especially worth noting the motives of traditional Russian icon painting used and interpreted by the artist in their own way.
Year of painting: 1929.
Dimensions of the painting: 71.7 x 53.8 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Gallery: State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.