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Black SquareMalevich and the Origin of Suprematism$
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Aleksandra Shatskikh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140897

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140897.001.0001

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The Birth of Black Square

The Birth of Black Square

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Birth of Black Square
Black Square

Aleksandra Shatskikh

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the origin of Kazimir Malevich's painting Black Square. It explains that although the painting was created in 1915, Malevich backdated to it 1913 because its biography had a prenatal period which did indeed begin in 1913. The chapter discusses Malevich's participation in the exhibitions of the Jack of Diamonds society during this year and his development of Fevralism, which was the forerunner of his Suprematism. It also explores the nature of Fevralism and highlights its potential for constituting a serious contribution to the history of the Russian avant-garde art as an independent movement.

Keywords:   Black Square, Kazimir Malevich, Jack of Diamonds, Fevralism, Suprematism, avant-garde art, Russia

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