"Woman with a rake" is a picture from the second series of a peasant cycle of works by Kazimir Malevich. The artist began to create it in 1930-1931, after the first cycle was lost after the Berlin and Warsaw exhibitions in 1927.
New paintings in the second cycle solve other problems. The painting depicts a female figure, which is composed of geometric elements. The artist himself nicknamed the canvas "Suprematism in the circuit." Due to the presence of geometric figures, decoding “Woman with a rake” is not easy. This is not the first work in which objectivity and a reference to peasant themes have appeared, which, at first glance, are not obvious. This suggests that, despite the evolution of Malevich’s work, the artist does not refuse to depict earthly life.
The main colors of the canvas are white, red and black. The female figure, as in other works of the artist, has no face: instead of him we see a white-black spot. The background consists of strips of colored fields and buildings, the shape of which resembles urban buildings. Here the artist departs from the former motives of his works, in which peasant huts were present. Kazimir Malevich tried to show the civilization that came to the village.
The "Woman with a Rake", in contrast to the similar "Head Peasant", is not in conflict. It does not carry a confrontation between man and the world, and colors have a calm and smooth transition. But the main difference - the painting “Woman with a rake” does not reflect the harmony of despair that Malevich endowed with “The Head of a Peasant”.
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