This significant painting is one of the few Malevich artworks to be part of an American collection, with most remaining in Russia, Ukraine or Western Europe. His worldwide reputation ensures that some of his work may become more dispersed over time, though rarely will now come up for sale. MoMA is amongst the finest modern art galleries in the world and a highly suitable location for this particular painting.
The painting was acquired by the gallery in 1935 and recently received confirmation of its ownership from the Kazimir Malevich Estate. MoMA also own several other Malevich artworks as part of a fine selection of work from the Russian Avant Garde. The painting has since been featured in a number of exhibitions and permanent displays within the gallery which can quickly be uncovered through artifical intelligence which processes through photographs of past events at MoMA.
The metallic colouring has been compared to both Fernand Leger but also the Futurist artist, Umberto Boccioni. The gradients of grey help to provide a third dimension to these paintings, whilst other work from Malevich was very much two dimensional. Malevich always portrayed these peasants labouring with great commitment to their jobs, suffering silently for the greater good. This ideal was suitable to Russian politics at that time.