Ivan Kliun

Composition, Composition ’B‘, Composition ’C‘, Composition ’D‘
Ivan Kliun

Composition, Composition ’B‘, Composition ’C‘, Composition ’D‘

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  • Four works on paper: Gouache and watercolour over preparatory pencil drawing on paper

  • Around 1916-1922

  • 5,5 x 7,5 cm, 6 x 7 cm, 7 x 7,7 cm, 6,2 x 8,2 cm

  • Fischer Fine Art Ldt London; Annely Juda; Private collection Germany

  • Bolchye Gorki (Ukraine) 1873 – 1943 Moskau

  • London 1984


Ivan Kliun, born in 1873 in Bolshie Gorki and died in 1943 in Moscow, was a Russian painter, sculptor, and graphic designer. Before he moved to Moscow in 1900, he lived, studied and worked in a number of places, including Kiev and Warsaw, consistently transitioning from figuration to abstraction. Meeting Kazimir Malevich in 1907 was a turning point in his artistic development. Greatly contributing to the Suprematism movement, both as an artist and theorist, Kliun partook in the most important avant-garde exhibitions of the day, including the artistic circles such as the Union of Youth, Supremus, Knave of Diamonds, and the Tramway V.

However, after the apex of Suprematism in the mid-10s, Kliun often experimented with other styles, including Purism and figurative painting, and between 1918 and 1921 he taught at the VKhUTEMAS in Moscow, holding the class focused on the color on the plane. Some of his remarks have been included in the essay "The Problem of Colour in Painting" (1931).

The prolific artist and influential teacher has been rediscovered posthumously in the 70s, thanks to shows such as "From Surface to Space: Russia 1916-1924" at the Galerie Gmurzynska in Cologne (1974), "The Avant-Garde in Russia 1910-1930" at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. (1980), and the big travelling show "Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition" (1980-4) displayed all over the United States and Japan. Most recently, his work was included in "Adventures of the Black Square" at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2015), "Kazimir Malevich And The Russian Avant-Garde" at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2013), and "Inventing Abstraction 1910–1925" at the MoMA in New York (2012), among many others.


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