Kazimir Malevich's black square reveals meaning



2015-11-13 15:46:56

Art experts at Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery have discovered two hidden paintings below Kazimir Malevich’s painting Black Square.

Yekaterina Voronina, a researcher at the Tretyakov, said: "It was known that under the Black Square, there was some underlying image. We found out that there is not one image, but two.

"We proved that the initial image is a Cubo-Futurist composition, while the painting lying directly under the Black Square -- the colours of which you can see in the cracks -- is a proto-Suprematist composition.”

It also features writing in pencil on the border appears to read “Negroes fighting in a cave”.

It’s believed this a reference to a an all black image by the French humourist Alphinse Allais titled: “Combat des Negres dans une cave, pendant la nuit" (Negroes fighting in a cave at night).

Suggesting that one of the paintings that inspired a great shift in the art world was in fact a racist joke.

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