Suprematist Composition

Ivan Kudriashev (1896-1972). Executed circa 1920

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Signed in Cyrillic lower right, watercolour on paper.
Kudriashev studied with Malevich at Svomas (Free Art Studios) in Moscow from 1918-19. He worked there on propaganda designs for the cars to be used in the first anniversary of the Revolution. In 1919 he was sent to Orenburg to establish Svomas and participated there in the First State Exhibition, showing sketches for the murals for the First Soviet Theatre.
This and the following two lots are from the series of designs for this first Soviet Theatre at Orenburg (cf. A. Zander Rudenstine, The George Costakis Collection: Russian Avant-Garde Art, London, 1981, nos. 408-410). The city theatre was opened originally in 1856 and renamed the First Soviet Theatre in 1920. It has not been possible to establish whether Kudriashev's redecoration of the interior was ever carried out.