"Harvesting rye" is an example of Russian cubofuturism, which originated from French masters. The work belongs to a peasant series of paintings depicting the routine way of rural life. During this period, Malevich had a turning point in the direction of artistic style.
The plot of the picture is quite simple: peasants harvest hay. The figures of people are devoid of complex details and deliberately depicted enlarged. They seem to consist of bent sheets of iron, hard material casts in the light with a metallic sheen. Despite the fact that the bodies are written quite simply and schematically, it is easy to determine where the man and woman are.
Peasants look solid, firmly upright, even monumental. Their faces remain calm expression, features send us to icon painting, where according to the canon always had large eyes.
The writing of peasant figures is completely devoid of realism and naturalism. Despite this, some dramatic notes are well guessed in the work. People are alike, their work is mechanized, they seem detached. This creates a striking contrast with the usual inspirational and heroic images of socialist workers, full of pride and a passionate desire to serve the good of the country.
Harvesting rye is one of the first paintings that showed signs of cubofuturistic painting. Haystacks in the form of cylinders and clear forms of human figures make up a rather strong and stable composition. Interestingly, the upper part of the canvas, as if out of control of this rigid scheme. The stacks are arranged randomly, disrupting order, creating randomness and rampant.
The eye is attracted by a bright palette using complementary color contrast. Vigorous combinations of red and green, blue and yellow add some dynamics to the frozen forms.
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