Malevich's Black Square

Malevich's Black Square

All secrets of the Black Square of Malevich

April 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Kasimir Malevich's "Black Square" is one of the most famous and expensive paintings in the world. 100 years have passed since the time it was painted, but disputes and discussions still go on. The price for this picture is growing. Is there any secret of its immense popularity?

Malevich's Black Square

According to experts, the "Black Square" was created by Malevich in the summer of 1915 for a futuristic exhibition "0.10" opened in St. Petersburg on December 19 of the same year. Kazimir Malevich was due to present several of his paintings at this exhibition. They say that Malevich either did not have time to finish the painting, or did not like the result of his work. In the heat of the moment, the author covered it with black paint and the picture became a black square. His friend came into the workshop and as soon as he saw it he exclaimed, "Brilliant!" After that, Malevich decided to take advantage of the occasion and came up with a certain higher meaning to his "Black Square".
Interestinly, Malevich's "Black Square" is neither so black, nor so square. None of the sides of the quadrilateral picture is parallel to any other side, and the same holds true for the framing. Its dark colour is the result of mixing different colours, but there was actually no black one among them. It is believed that this was not the author's negligence, but his principled position, the desire to create a dynamic, mobile form.

Malevich's Black Square

The Secret Meaning Embedded in Malevich's "Black Square"

Many believe that on examining this canvas carefully you can go beyond the traditional perception, beyond the visible. And then you will realise that before you there is not a black square, but a multi-coloured cube. The "Black Square" is seen by people whose imagination is poor.
The secret meaning embedded in Malevich's Black Square is interpreted as follows: the world surrounding us seems flat and black-and-white, if you just have a quick and superficial look at it. But if you perceive the world as a unity, and in all its diversity, your life will change dramatically. Millions of people instinctively attracted by this picture said they subconsciously felt the dimensions and colour of the "Black Square". It is an interesting fact that the black colour absorbs all other colours, thus it is hard to see a multi-coloured cube within a black square. Yet to see the white behind the black, the truth behind the lie, as well as life behind death is much more difficult. But they say that the one who succeeds in doing this will discover a great philosophical formula.

Are There Three Pictures Within the "Black Square"?

It was found out that initially the author did not intend to paint a simple black figure on the canvas. In fact, there are two more images hidden under the paint layer. The first one is a cube-futuristic composition, whereas the second image is a non-objective painting the artist had a bent for. The experts have also deciphered the inscription on the master's work, in spite of the fact that Malevich had a very bad handwriting like many geniuses. On the canvas the artist left his inscription "The Battle of Blacks in a Deep Dark Cave" which was probably the original title of the painting.

Malevich's Black Square

Parallel with his "Black Square", Malevich created the "Black Circle" and "Black Cross", and displayed them at the same exhibition. They represented the three main elements of the Suprematist system. Two more Suprematic squares, the red and the white ones, were created later. Suprematism ( the domination and superiority of colour over all other properties of painting) has become one of the central phenomena of the Russian avant-garde.


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