Kazimir Malevich

Malevich painting finally authenticated

Traces of Malevich's signature found on 1913 painting

St Petersburg

The Saratov Art Museum in southern Russia has announced that traces of the signature of Kazimir Malevich have been discovered on a 1913 painting “Life in a Grand Hotel”. The discovery, made using new digital technology, appears to resolve the decade-long debate over the work’s authenticity. In the 1990s, following the work’s first public exhibition in the US, some scholars said it was by Russian artist Ivan Kliun.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Is it a Miró? Is it a Malevich? No, it’s a monkey!'

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 146 April 2004