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Maker(s):Kudriashov, Ivan (attributed to)
Culture:Russian (1896-1972)
Title:Abstract Design
Date Made:1920
Materials:Gouache over pencil sketch on tan woodpulp paper
Measurements:Sheet: 8 x 13 3/4 in.; 20.3 x 34.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.249
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
In 1919/1920 Kudriashov lived in Orenburg, where he participated in establishing the State Free Art School (SVOMAS) and created decorations for local theaters. This design belongs to preparatory sketches for the First Soviet Theater.

The geometrical shapes, arranged in a dynamic composition, and the bright colors reference Kasimir Malevich’s Suprematism. Kudriashov studied with Malevich and was a member of his short-lived but influential group UNOVIS (the Champions of the New Art). The actual drawing, however, is probably the artist’s own later copy after his original work.
BJ, 2014

shape; abstract

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