Ilya Chashnik (1902-1929)
Watercolor and pencil on Paper
A leading member of the Russian avant-garde, Ilya Chashnik (1902-1928) was a dedicated follower of Malevich at the Vitebsk Art School from 1920 to 1921, a devoted practitioner of Suprematism and a founding member of the UNOVIS Group. His Supremacist Composition (1920) is a classic watercolor and pencil work created within the stringent visual language of Suprematism. Chashnik rarely, if ever, deviated from employing rectangular, triangular and circular shapes with added lines in a limited palette of red, black, white and gray on his paintings, prints, drawings and on unique designs of modernist ceramics at the Imperial Porcelain Factory.