|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||88.5 cm × 71 cm (34.8 in × 28 in)|
Suprematist Composition (blue rectangle over the red beam) is a painting by Kazimir Malevich, a Russian painter known as a pioneer of geometric abstraction. The painting represents a constellation of geometry and color in space with remarkable austerity.
The painting was created in 1916 and stayed with the artist until June 1927. Malevich exhibited his work in the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung in Berlin, but was soon to leave for the Soviet Union. The painting soon went to German architect Hugo Häring, who then sold it to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. It stayed there for the next 50 years. It was shown at various expositions, mostly in Europe.
After an extended legal battle over the painting's ownership, which endured for 17 years, the painting was returned to heirs of the artist. A few months later, in November 2008, the artist's heirs sold it at a Sotheby's auction for $60 million to the Nahmad family. In 2018 it was sold at a Christie's auction for $85.8 million with fees to art dealer Brett Gorvy. It was the highest price paid for a work in the history of Russian art.
Notes and references
- Фото: Reuters. "Картина Малевича продана за 60 миллионов долларов". Korrespondent.net. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- "$85.8 Million Malevich Breaks Record for Russian Art". Artsy. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
- ""Suprematist composition" Malevitch at Sotheby's. Three days before the record". Artinvestment.ru. Retrieved 2014-03-18.