Title: Flower Girl
Year: 1903
Size: 80 × 100 cm (Oil on canvas)
Location: Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Flower Girl is one of Malevich’s early works which focuses on single-figure portraits, set in an everyday urban environment.

On a Sunday afternoon in the park, we unexpectedly confront a formally dressed young woman who proffers flowers. This painting shows, through an acute awareness of the woman’s social position, Malevich’s early interest in societal structures. We understand her distance from those elegantly attired people behind her, strolling and indulging the day. The painting divides into two parts: a background scene of crowded activity, and imposed onto the foreground and even threatening to protrude into the viewer’s space, the figure of the estranged flower girl.