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Ivan Puni (Jean Pougny) (1894-1956)
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Ivan Puni (Jean Pougny) (1894-1956)

Suprématisme

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Ivan Puni (Jean Pougny) (1894-1956)
Suprématisme
signed in Cyrillic and dated '1916' (lower right)
pen and India ink and pencil on paper
17 7/8 x 11½ in. (45.4 x 29.3 cm.)
Executed in 1916
Provenance
Xania Puni (Pougny), Moscow & Paris.
Xenia Bogouslavskaya.
Galerie Jean Chauvelin, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the present owners in 1980.
Exhibited
Miami, The Lowe Art Museum, The Russian Avant-Garde and American Abstract Artists, March - April 1983, no. 24 (illustrated p. 24).
New York, Stux Gallery, Culture of Materials: The Russian Avant-Garde and Counter-Cubism, May - June 1991, no. 1.
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The present work, a near manifesto of the very early stages of Suprematism, was drawn in the same year of the landmark 0.10, the 'last Futurist exhibition' that introduced Suprematism to the world. At the core of Puni's artistic vocabulary are the same theoretical concerns of Malevitch, however with a more liberal view toward the representation of the mundane, Puni allowed his compositions greater variety and a more complex level of abstraction. As in the present work, daily reality is subjected to Puni's exquisite and ennobling process of synthesis resulting in a level of classical purity. Very few drawings of Puni's Suprematist phase are known today and the vast majority of those that are are found in museum collections.
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