Painters of the era of modern art who had diverse ways of expression in the plastic arts, Gustave Klimt, Kazimir Malevich and Richard Hamilton produced their works with authentic approaches. Based on the concept ‘monument’, monumental painting can be defined as symbolic work created in order to memorialize an important event or an influential figure for next generations throughout the history. The objective of our study is to identify monumental characterictics in the paintings by Gustave Klimt, Kazimir Malevich and Richard Hamilton and to discuss the results obtained within the scope of the concept monumentality. The sample of the study is consisted of three artworks: “Judith and the Head of Holofernes” by G. Klimt, “Self-Portrait” by K. Malevich and “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appeling?” by R. Hamilton. Methods of literature review and artwork analysis have been used as data collection tool. In our study, works with monumental characterictics have been identified among the works created in the period of modern art, and they have been analyzed in terms of art history and art criticism. The results obtained have been assessed and discussed in terms of the importance of the subject. In Kazimir Malevich’s work, it has been found that the artist portrayed himself with a classical ancient posture with characteristics of a leader in the post-suprematist world he created, and therefore it has been inferred that this work presents a monumental character. This also has been found in Richard Hamilton’s work since the male figure stands in the contrapposto pose echoing the ancient sculptures as well as both figures carry a symbolic look of their time which is exactly meant to be imposed.
Keywords: Monumentality, Kazimir Malevich, Gustave Klimt, Richard Hamilton