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Retrospectively, Malevich declared that his backdrop for the second act, fifth scene of Victory over the Sun was the first public display of Suprematism. Certainly, the large square divided diagonally recalls his painting "Black Square." Still it is possible, in the context of the play, to see this design as symbolic of the split between night and day, and therefore as, at least in principle, representational rather than purely abstract.