Ravevich (ode to Raveel and Malevich)

Ravevich (ode to Raveel and Malevich) 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 80 cm
  Ravevich (ode to Raveel and Malevich) - abstract painting by Boss

“Suprematism” meets “New Vision” in one painting

Kazimir Malevich is one of the founders of abstract art. Initially an adept of impressionism, he evolved gradually to a style that became more and more abstract, until the only thing he kept was a black square. His evolution is similar (but yet different) to the evolution in the work of Piet Mondriaan.

The painting that was the inspiration for Ravevich (ode to Raveel and Malevich), dates from 1915, the top era of Suprematism. The canvas consists of nothing but a black square and a red rotated square in a sea of white. Boss uses this as the background of the Raveel-silhouette. This way the artist accentuates in a subtle way the touch points between both masters (emptiness, large color fields, peace…) as well as the differences (figuration versus abstraction, jagged contours versus austere surfaces, thick impasto paint strokes versus thin layered with underpainting). The style of Malevich is called suprematism, while Raveel introduced the new vision. You could say that Suprematism” meets “New Vision” in one painting.


More information about the artists and styles:

New vision

New vision or new figuration was an art movement related to pop art in Belgium and Holland. Members of the movement: Etienne Elias, Raoul De Keyser,Roger Raveel, Reinier Lucassen and poet Roland Jooris. Jooris (a close friend of Roger Raveel) came up with the name of the movement. As a reaction to abstract painting, they developed a new vision on expression and figuration. Roger Raveel in wikipedia suprematism in wikipedia Kazimir Malevich in wikipedia