Tochil'schik Printsip Mel'kaniia (The Knife Grinder or Principle of Glittering)
Artist: Kazimir Malevich (Russian (Ukraine), 1878–1935)
This painting combines the pictorial vocabulary of Cubism with the dynamism of Futurism and is usually considered one of the finest examples of Russian Cubo-Futurist painting. Kazimir Malevich produced several pictures of peasants working at various tasks, but this is his only surviving machine subject. The painting shows a man operating the simple portable sharpening device by which he earned his living. Although abstractly drawn, the figure of the knife grinder is clearly visible in this painting. A year later, Malevich changed his approach radically and adopted a nonrepresentational type of painting, which he termed Suprematism.
Oil on canvas
31 5/16 × 31 5/16 in. (79.5 × 79.5 cm)
framed: 82.9 × 83.2 × 5.1 cm (32 5/8 × 32 3/4 × 2 in.)
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Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
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