Non-objectivity

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Non-objective – bezpredmet' in Russian – literally means, "without an object". The object in painting was now replaced with colour in painting. The term has both a general and a specific reference. Generally, all the artists who were painting with colour as their main concern were using the term, "non-objective", including the Suprematists. Specifically, the term was adopted by a group of painters in 1918 in order to distinguish themselves from Suprematism. The Non-Objectivists included Alexandra Exter, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Liubov Popova, Alexander Vesnin, and others. Continuing to paint with the laws of the prismatic spectrum of colour, they were concerned above all with the material nature of colour, its textures and qualities. 1915 to mid-1920s. (Patricia Railing)