“Black square on white background” by Kasimir Malevitch

Eliott Honti
Publié le 28 June 2022
“Black square on white background” by Kasimir Malevitch

Kasimir Malevitch is considered the inventor of abstraction. Together with Kandinsky and Mondrian, he challenged his predecessors on the form of art

"Black Square on a White Background" is a painting without an object, which belongs to a series of works called Supremacies. The name was inspired by his Suprematism movement. Malevitch later said: "There can be no question of painting in Suprematism. Painting is long out of date and the painter himself is a prejudice of the past. 

Suprematism, as Malevich defines it, is the ultimate stage of a completely new art. In 1918, the artist created White Square on a White Background as a destruction of what had gone before. The work, which is the latest to be conserved in the Centre Pompidou, is very close to the original version of Black Square. 

According to several sources, two other pictures were painted by Kasimir Malevitch behind the Black Square on a White Background. Scientists believe that the first work behind the Black Square is a cubo-futurist composition, while the second, hidden between the first painting and the Black Square, is more akin to a proto-suprematist composition. 

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