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

Raviaan (ode to Raveel and Mondriaan)

Raviaan (ode to Raveel and Mondriaan) 2013 Acrylic on hardboard 105x105cm
  Raviaan (ode aan Raveel en Mondriaan)


It is clear that Raveel was inspired during his career by Piet Mondriaan. In the work Raviaan (ode to Raveel and Mondriaan) the typical characteristics from both styles of the artists are brought together in an attempt to honour both masters of art. Large fields in primary colors form the geometrical background which is only breached by the jagged head and body of Raveel. It gives the impression of a leadlight.
Raveel liet zich tijdens zijn carrière duidelijk inspireren door Piet Mondriaan. In het werk Raviaan (ode aan Raveel en Mondriaan) worden typische kenmerken uit hun beide stijlen samengebracht in een werk dat hen wil eren. Grote vlakken in primaire kleuren vormen de achtergrond die enkel doorbroken wordt door het grillig gevormde hoofd en de romp van Raveel. Het heeft iets van een glas-in-lood raam.

(door P.O.)