In Cézanne’s landscape we find very few illusory elements: this means that Cézanne’s landscape is concerned least of all with introducing us to the experiences of reality. It leaves us in our own existence without transferring my “I” to another moment in time, making it experience the reality of the picture at the given moment.

Kasimir Malevich, “An Analysis of New and Imitative Art (Paul Cézanne)”

THE CONCEPT OF “NONOBJECTIVITY,” the word Kasimir Malevich used to discuss his paintings and the ideas surrounding his Suprematist art, involves a departure, a detachment, from previous modes of painting and representation. It also implies a new understanding of humanity’s (and the artist’s) situation in the world. In order to assign meaning to his work, Malevich felt, he had to define nonobjectivity in familiar terms. The advent of the new is valid only when its opposition to the old is

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