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Malevich painting allegedly found in Ukraine

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KIEV, January 30 (RIA Novosti) - An artist from western Ukraine said he had found a painting by Ukrainian-born Kazimir Malevcih, a leading figure in the Russian Avant-Garde, or by one of his students.

Anatoly Fedirko, known in his home town of Chernovtsy for his uncommon artistic enterprises, said experts had confirmed the picture could have been painted by Malevich, a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the founder of Suprematism in Russia, or one of his students.

The painting will not be less valuable if the latter version is confirmed. Experts said it dated back to the early 20th century and mimicked the artist's legendary style.

The finding is currently being kept in a Kiev bank. Fedirko said he would display the painting in Chernovtsy February 1.

Malevich is best known for his works "Black Square" (1915) and "Black Cross" (1916-1917), renowned for their previously unseen geometrical simplicity.

Malevich, who studied art in Kiev and Moscow and experimented with various modernist styles, including Cubism and Futurism, turned to teaching in 1922 in Petrograd (later Leningrad and now St. Petersburg).

Under Stalin, Malevich was sent to a prison camp because his work was in opposition to official ideology at the time. He died in poverty in Leningrad in 1935.

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