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Kazimir Malevich was born to a Polish family in the Russian Empire in 1878. His peasant lifestyle gave him little access to professional artists during his childhood, but he still produced what he could through embroidery. He later studied art in Kiev, where he adopted the cubo-futurist style of his fellow avant garde artists. Malevich would later move on to create his own style which he called Suprematism. Suprematism embodied Malevich's belief that artistic feeling should transcend the accurate depiction of objects in terms of importance. Suprematistic works depicted simple geometric shapes and lines using few colors. For example, take one of his most famous works above, the Black Square. Keeping with the revolutionary attitude in Russia in his day, he use Black Square to oppose the works of the past and to support what he considered to be the new age of artistic expression.

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