Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “Reaper”

Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich “Reaper”

Description of the painting by Kazimir Malevich Reaper

1920s, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The painting was the result of a creative break in the painter’s artistic consciousness. The reaper depicted on the canvas is a male portrait embodied in the new vision from the large collection of “workers” portraits of Malevich. In the catalogs of the artist’s work, the work is accompanied by a note – “the motive of 1909”. Probably, then the painter depicted the character in a different style and appearance. Over the years, the futurist transformed into an ideologue of a new artistic direction – supermatism. Evolution has resulted in new forms of painting, to which the witness is the picture “The Reaper”.

Before the public appears an unusual human figure in full growth. A man holds a sickle in his hand, he goes straight to the viewer – the leg open in the step of the foot is clearly visible.

The character looks like a construction assembled from geometric figures – a clear tribute to new art. Malevich created a landmark picture in a new, unusual style, but the plot and drawing details allows you to perceive the image as a portrait – albeit strange, executed in an original manner.

The overall tone of the picture conveys the usual rural landscape – the reaper confidently walks across the field, a little further, in the depths – the figure of a woman, probably a reaper. Each object, including nature, is depicted in clear geometric lines – no dash canvass deviates from the design in a new style.

The legs of the reaper are cone-shaped constructions: the upper cones are directed vertices to the lower parts – harem pants are shown, tucked into boots.

Yellowish shirt (rectangles, rounded triangles, trapezium) casts a metallic sheen. The face is an oval, divided in half, with a grayish color highlighting the “beard”. The features of the face are not drawn – they are marked, the hands also look like.

In the distance – a female figure in the same performance, but already in color. The face is simply marked with a bright spot, a sickle is guessed in the hand. The field is geometrically clearly divided into light and dark green lines, in the distance a dark stripe turns into a blue-blue sky.

The artist’s high skill is surprising – the picture, literally “constructed” on a flat canvas, is perceived as spatial, full of air and spaciousness, a picture from rural life.