Malevich was a Russian artist who worked in a variety of styles throughout his life. He is best known for his philosophical writing and founding the Suprematist movement. His work made a huge impact on abstract and non-objective painting theories, and helped lay the foundations for movements such as Constructivism. His Suprematist work was concerned with pure feeling, rather than logical understanding. He wanted to elevate his work to the status of Russian Orthodox icons, even going so far as to display his paintings in positions usually reserved for a traditional icon. He was eventually labeled as degenerate and anti-Soviet, and was forced to return to a realistic, representational style of painting. He died of cancer in 1935.