BY ILYA CHASHNIK (1902-1929)



Born in Vitebsk, Russia in 1902, Ilia Chashnik is one of the most important representative of Suprematism, a Russian avant-garde movement.


Having learned the art practice with Iouri Pen, a local artist, he also met Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Ossip Zadkine, highly influential artists of their time. In 1919, he left for the University of Architecture of Moscow. However, devoted admirer of Chagall’s work, he came back to his hometown to follow Chagall’s art classes.


Kasimir Malevitch also taught at Vitebsk. He developed a new and unique way of teaching art according to the Suprematist principles which he has created in 1915. He formed a group of students named UNOVIS to apply and spread these concepts all over the country.


In Suprematism, the painting is not the subject, only the form is.


Suprematist artworks find a natural continuation in the architecture, as Malevitch explains in the Suprematism manifesto: « from a spiritual point of view, painting and architecture are related to one another ».


Malevitch immediately noticed Ilia Chashnik's talents, who naturally became a member of UNOVIS. Around 1919 the Bolshevik regime in power forced Malevitch and the UNOVIS members to leave Vitebsk for Moscow and then Saint Petersburg.








Ilya Chashnik (1902-1929), Suprematist Composition, gouache on paper, monogram lower right,

Russia, circa 1920-25.

Provenance upon request



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