Ilya Chashnik

It’s hard to believe, but in this photo with Nikolai Suetin and Kazimir Malevich taken in 1924 , Ilya Chashkin (on the right) is only 22 years old. The enormously talented suprematist artist, a pupil of Malevich and a founding member of the UNOVIS school, he died very young in 1929 at the age of 27.

Chashnik developed his own style within Suprematism, evolving from Malevich’s white compositions to paintings in which black was the predominant element. In these works geometric shapes form crossing planes with a tendency towards rhythm and symmetry. Worked for State Porcelain Factory in St Petersburg from 1922 to 1924 designing compositions for plates and other articles.

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