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Russia: Famous painting of Kazimir Malevich reveals secret inscription02:49

Russia: Famous painting of Kazimir Malevich reveals secret inscription

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 18, 2015 at 20:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

A legendary Russian avant-garde painting continues to surprise as researchers at the Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery, Wednesday, revealed that a previously unseen inscription exists beneath Kazimir Malevich's famous Black Square painting.

Experts at the gallery said that there are two "underlying compositions" but one had been discovered in the 1990s. With the latest x-ray equipment they revealed the inscription reads "the Battle of Negroes at night."

Ekaterina Voronina, of the Department of Scientific Expertise at the Tretyakov said, "the study revealed that the composition under the layer of paint is not one, as originally thought, but two." There was the "original Cubo-Futuristic Composition and Suprematist which lies directly under the Black Square." She continued, "it was previously thought that it was the artist's signature," however "it was made by pencil on a dry layer of paint, and read "the Battle of Blacks at Night."

Kazimir Malevich lived between 1879 and 1935. The artists works, now valued at tens of millions of dollars, are revered for their radical innovations.

Russia: Famous painting of Kazimir Malevich reveals secret inscription02:49
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A legendary Russian avant-garde painting continues to surprise as researchers at the Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery, Wednesday, revealed that a previously unseen inscription exists beneath Kazimir Malevich's famous Black Square painting.

Experts at the gallery said that there are two "underlying compositions" but one had been discovered in the 1990s. With the latest x-ray equipment they revealed the inscription reads "the Battle of Negroes at night."

Ekaterina Voronina, of the Department of Scientific Expertise at the Tretyakov said, "the study revealed that the composition under the layer of paint is not one, as originally thought, but two." There was the "original Cubo-Futuristic Composition and Suprematist which lies directly under the Black Square." She continued, "it was previously thought that it was the artist's signature," however "it was made by pencil on a dry layer of paint, and read "the Battle of Blacks at Night."

Kazimir Malevich lived between 1879 and 1935. The artists works, now valued at tens of millions of dollars, are revered for their radical innovations.

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