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in a Field" (1928-32)
In 1928 Malevich embarked on a cycle of paintings that differed
radically from the work he had produced in his previous period.
Turning away from the abstract, geometric shapes of his suprematist
paintings, Malevich returned to figurative art, in a series of
canvases which, for the most part, depict volumetrically-shaped
peasant figures "en face" against spartan backgrounds. The figures
themselves are distinguished by the bright colors of their clothing
as well as by a complete (or, in some cases, almost complete)
lack of facial features. As regards their theme, their concern
with figuration, and their monumentality, Malevich's second series
of peasants can be read as an attempt by the artist to find a
compromise with the leading trends of Soviet art. This painting,
"Girls in a Field" (1928-32) disturbs the viewer not just because
of the absence of facial features, but also because of the lack
of interaction between them. Compare this painting and the one
that follows with Malevich's earlier peasant paintings "Reapers"
and the example from his peasant series